Nickelodeon (often shortened to Nick) is an American pay television channel which was launched on 1977-12-01, as the first cable channel for children.Template:Sfn It is owned by ViacomCBS through its domestic networks division and it is based in New York City. The network's programming is primarily aimed at children and adolescents aged 2–17, while some of its program blocks target a broader family audience.
The channel was originally first tested as Channel C-3 with Pinwheel as its main program on 1977-12-01. Pinwheel was a television series that was, at the time, only available on QUBE,Template:Sfn which was the first two-way major market interactive cable television system owned by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment. The channel was renamed into Nickelodeon on 1979-04-01 and expanded to other cable providers nationwide via satellite. It was initially commercial-free and remained without advertising until 1984. Warner-Amex sold Nickelodeon, along with its sister networks MTV and VH1, to Viacom in 1986.Template:Sfn
Template:As of, the channel is available to about 87.167 million households in the United States.
Main article: Category:Nickelodeon (United States)
Programming seen on Nickelodeon includes animated series (such as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House, The Casagrandes, and It's Pony), live-action, scripted series (such as Henry Danger and All That), and original made-for-TV movies, while the network's daytime schedule is dedicated to shows targeting preschoolers (such as 44 Cats, Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol, and Blue's Clues & You!).
A re-occurring program was bi-monthly special editions of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee,Template:Sfn a news magazine series aimed at children that debuted in 1992 as a weekly series and ended in 2015.
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- Jay Bobbin. "Nickelodeon 20th Birthday from Green Slime to Prime Time, The Kids Network Celebrates with Lots of Special Events", The Buffalo News, June 20, 1999. Retrieved March 10, 2011 from HighBeam Research.
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- Nielsen coverage estimates for September see gains at ESPN networks, NBCSN, and NBA TV, drops at MLBN and NFLN.
- Pam Gelman. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee - TV Show Rating For Kids and Families. Commonsensemedia.org. Retrieved on 2010 June 2.Template:Dead link