For the last decade SpongeBob SquarePants & Fairly OddParents have both taken the throne of Nickelodeon’s top animated series, thus becoming their top priorities. Could Nick’s newest animated series The Loud House be their next big show? Well let’s focus on three important things: the viewership, the ratings & the fans. Many animated shows have been cancelled after one or two seasons because of low viewership, ratings & the inability to really connect to those who watch cartoons. With social media being the primary target of interest to today’s youth, networks and producers have really went to the highest of levels to attract viewers from sites like Twitter & Instagram to make sure their show will have a fanbase. So far, does The Loud House have the viewers, fanbase & the ratings to become a long-lasting series or even gain a big time franchise with movie deals, fan collectables & video games like some of Nickelodeon’s top shows like SpongeBob, Fairly OddParents and even past shows that still has devoted fans like Rugrats, Hey Arnold & even Danny Phantom, who’s fans are petitioning for the show to be revived? Let’s take a look:
The Loud House was created by Chris Savino, who was a character designer, prop designer, storyboard artist & director at companies like Hanna-Barbera, Joe Murray & Nickelodeon for past shows such as Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold, Cow and Chicken, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Test & Dexter’s Laboratory. So Savino has worked with shows that eventually became popular with booming viewers, so could his own creation get the same praise? The Loud House officially debuted it’s first season on Television May 2, 2016, bringing in over 2 million viewers in the U.S. alone. The episodes that followed after it’s premiere brought in an estimate of 1.7 million viewers. It’s most viewed episode was episode 16 “Out on a Limo”, which scored 2.21 million viewers. It may be impressive to some for a animated show in this decade that’s just starting out, but compared to SpongeBob’s 1999 debut viewership of 6.90 million for it’s first episode and even Sanjay and Craig and it’s 2013 debut of 3.56 million viewers… is it really impressive? Ratings could tell! IMDB gave the show a incredible 8.0/10 rating while Common Sense Media granted it with a 4/5 rating. Now THAT’S impressive. Not to mention the show receiving a huge praise from the general public for featuring Nickelodeon’s very first married gay couple who is bi-racial. Making history? Check!
On May 25, 2016, The Loud House was renewed for a 2nd season. Like stated before, many animated shows on Nickelodeon don’t live to see a third season so let’s not celebrate just yet. Monster vs. Aliens & Tak and the Power of Juju can count as a victim to that and Breadwinners which was booted off of Nickelodeon and moved to Nicktoons network. Although I have to say I do see a growing fandom for The Loud House (shoutout to you guys) so at this point… fingers crossed!