|Launched||April 1, 2002
(original launch; as The N, sharing channel space with Noggin)
December 31, 2007
(as The N, as its own channel)
September 28, 2009
(relaunch; as TeenNick)
|Owned by||MTV Networks (Viacom)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||The All New TeenNick|
|Formerly called||The N (2002-2009)|
|Replaced||Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids|
|Sister channel(s)||Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons|
Channel 1303 (VOD)
|Dish Network||Channel 181|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 255|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 322|
|Time Warner Cable||Channel 137|
|charter communications||channel 104|
|avalible on most cable systems|
Sister channel Noggin was relaunched as Nick Jr. at the same time as The N's relaunch as Teen Nick; like with Nick Jr., Teen Nick's name was taken from a former program block on Nickelodeon, which aired from 2000 to 2009. As the channel's name suggests, Teen Nick is primarily aimed at 12-16 year olds, and features a mix of originally-produced and syndicated programming.
When TeenNick originally debuted as The N on April 1, 2002, The N ran from 6:00 p.m.–6:00 a.m. (Eastern)/5:00 p.m.–5:00 a.m. (Central Time), sharing time and channel space with Noggin, which had started as a service of Viacom and the Children's Television Workshop as a mix of a channel meant to show CTW and Nick Jr.'s archived programming.
The fact that The N shared channel space with Noggin (now Nick Jr.) made it very similar to parent network Nickelodeon as it has shared channel space with another channel during the nighttime hours for most of its existence starting with BET, then the ARTS (Alpha Reperatory Television Service, now A&E) and currently with Nick at Nite, which is commonly considered a nighttime program block on Nickelodeon.
By 2002 however, as Viacom showcased its own programming and made clear that they wanted Noggin to compete with longtime CTW partner PBS Kids, CTW, by then known as Sesame Workshop, decided to reduce their interest in the network due to several factors, including the network's prime time ratings with "retro programming" to appeal to both baby boomers and young children not being as high as Viacom or Sesame Workshop expected them to be. With this move, MTV Networks was free to launch the concept of The N. In October 2006, Viacom bought the quiz website Quizilla. It then became a part of The N "network."
In August 2007, MTV Networks announced the discontinuation of The N's sister network Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids, which had removed all their original programming and become an automated loop of only a few of Nickelodeon's lower-profile archived game shows. MTV Networks decided to retain the satellite space and split Noggin and The N into two separate channels on December 31, 2007, with The N taking the place of Nick GAS.
The channel relaunched as TeenNick on September 28, 2009 at 6:00AM Eastern/5:00AM Central. The channel's logo, which is part of a universal branding effort across all four Nickelodeon channels, was revealed at a launch party for the channel on June 18, 2009. Nickelodeon personality Nick Cannon (declared in publicity materials as the "Chairman of TeenNick") has a presence on the channel, along with new programming exclusive to the channel. Coincidentally, the "n" in the revised logo resembles that used in The N's final on-air logo prior to the rebrand.
Nearly all of the programming airing on The N was carried over to the new channel, including the channel's flagship show Degrassi: The Next Generation, however most of The N's original series, with the exception of The Best Years, Degrassi: TNG and The Assistants (the latter being the only first-run series produced by The N that was picked up for an additional season by TeenNick; Degrassi: TNG is produced by Canadian television network CTV though The N/TeenNick claims itself as one of the show's production companies), were not carried over to the relaunched TeenNick channel.
On February 1, 2010, TeenNick began incorporating music videos onto its morning and afternoon schedule on a regular basis, with videos airing between 6AM-3PM/ET (this had been done periodically for some time prior to that date, usually airing between 6-8AM/ET, though not every day); when music videos are scheduled, all programs will end two to three minutes earlier than typical.
Like The N, TeenNick does not use generic closing credits for any of its shows, instead airing the closing credits created by the show's production company. The channel does however shrink the show's production company credits to the top left 1/4 of the screen in order to promote the channel's upcoming programming; however, music videos no longer air along with the closing credits and music videos air less often on TeenNick than they did during The N era (Nick Jr. also does not show generic credits either, but does not promote its programming during the closing credits).
Despite the name change and logo rebranding, some electronic program guide providers confusingly identify it by the channel's pre-rebrand name and display the 2007-2009 logo as The N as that of TeenNick. Nick Jr. has a similar problem as the former Noggin logo and name is still used by some EPG providers to identify that channel.
Most of the programming which had been on The N remained on TeenNick with some slight changes for both scheduling purposes and possible new future programming, including the re-acquisition of partial cable rights to the early 2000s sitcom One on One (which had previously aired on The N) and a shift of Full House, which had formerly aired on Nick at Nite and began to air on the channel in August 2009, shortly before the conversion from The N to TeenNick. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a longtime mainstay of The N moved to Disney XD and ABC Family in September 2009 upon the expiration of Viacom's carriage of the series.
Several Nickelodeon sitcoms air on TeenNick, such as True Jackson, VP, The Troop and iCarly, however they air in different timeslots than on Nick (ex., iCarly airs seven days a week on Nickelodeon, though it only airs on TeenNick in an hour-long block once a week on Sunday afternoons). While some of TeenNick's programming comes from Nickelodeon, the channel has also aired some series from MTV. On January 24, 2010, the channel aired special presentations of two MTV reality series that debuted the previous week, My Life as Liz and The Buried Life.
On January 25, 2010, the channel's flagship series Degrassi: The Next Generation was dropped from the 1-3PM/ET timeslot, replaced by What I Like About You. Two weeks later on February 8, 2010, the channel's overall schedule was revamped, with Degrassi being dropped from TeenNick's weeknight lineup and relegated to Friday-only airings. Degrassi was replaced on weeknights with two-hour blocks of Drake and Josh -- which has aired periodically since the channel was known as The N -- in the 6-8PM/ET slot and Full House, which was moved two hours earlier to the 8-10PM/ET slot. Along with those changes, True Jackson, VP was dropped to one hour-long block (from two), while Full House was extended to a three-hour block in the mornings from 6-9AM/ET.
|Launched|| April 2, 2002 (as a block on Noggin)|
December 31, 2007 (as a 24-hour channel)
May 6, 2009 (as a 24-hour channel on Dish Network)
|Owned by|| Classic Viacom (2002-2005)|
New Viacom (2005-Present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||TV For Teens|
|Headquarters||New York City|
|Sister channel(s)||Nickelodeon, Nicktoons Network, Noggin, MTV|
| AMC 11|
| 3995 V / 19510 / 3/4|
|IPTV over ADSL|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 255|
The N (The Network for Teens, formerly The Nighttime Network for Teens, Nighttime on Noggin) is a 24-hour television channel in the United States aimed at teenagers and young adults. It is soon to be renamed teenick.
When the channel originally debuted on April 1, 2002, The N ran from 6:00PM–6:00AM Eastern/5:00PM–5:00AM Central, sharing time on the same channel with Noggin, which had started as a service of Viacom and the Children's Television Workshop as a mix of a channel meant to show CTW and Nick Jr.'s archived programming.
By 2002 however as Viacom showcased its own programming and made clear that they wanted Nick Jr. to compete with longtime CTW partner PBS Kids, CTW, by then known as Sesame Workshop, decided to reduce their interest in the network due to several factors, including the network's primetime ratings with "retro programming" to appeal to both baby boomers and young children not being as high as Viacom or Sesame Workshop expected them to be. With this move, MTV Networks was free to launch the concept of The N.
In October 2006, Viacom bought the quiz website Quizilla. It then became a part of The N "network."
In August 2007, MTV Networks announced the discontinuation of The N's sister network Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids, which by that point had lost all of its original programming and was reduced to airing few of the Nickelodeon game shows. MTV Networks decided to retain the satellite space and split Noggin and The N into two separate channels on December 31, 2007, with The N taking the place of Nick GAS.
On December 31, 2007 Noggin regained their full channel again after The N took over Nick GAS' channel slot. DirecTV did not make the exchange until 7:25AM Eastern/6:25AM Central for unknown reasons. Most digital cable viewers saw no problems with the transfer from Nick GAS to The N, beyond some electronic program guide listings still showing Nick GAS' programming schedule or all programs under the titles Sign off or Off Air, precluding the setup of DVR recordings for The N's programming.
For satellite viewers however, the conversion from Nick GAS to The N was not seamless. Subscribers to Dish Network were still receiving Nick GAS' regular programming, while the Noggin/The N timeshare continued as it had since 2002 on Channel 169, likely due to technical issues on Dish's end.
On April 23, 2009 as part of a minor channel shuffle, Nick GAS on channel 177 (by then just a continuous automated loop of programming) was closed down. On May 6, 2009 The N was placed 24/7 over Dish Network on channel 181, with Noggin remaining on 169, with Cartoon Network's Pacific schedule replacing that network.
[[File:|500px|thumb|right|New logo, as of September 30, 2009. Revealed June 18, 2009 at party. Uploaded July 8, 2009.]] It was announced in February 2009 that Nickelodeon intends to change The N's name into TeenNick and Noggin into Nick Jr. Also, the name TEENick is also retired on Nick, and no longer exists as a block on the channel. It is currently unknown what shows will remain on the channel after the relaunch or what shows will be returning. The future TeenNick, currently The N, is kicking off a new brand with segmented programming, a new spokesperson (Nick Cannon) and two new programs. Programs on the network will be divided to cater to two different demographics. The 3pm-9pm block will be made up of live action programming for younger teens, while programming after 9PM will be centered on older sweking and acquisitions and will be aimed toward older teens and young adults.Over the summer, the network will launch a new comedy titled The Assistants, which follows four assistants working for a Hollywood producer. Another program about teens and show business will premiere in the first quarter. Gigantic is about teens who grow with rich and famous parents. Also this Winter, TeenNick's first awards show hosted by TeenNick's own Nick Cannon (Chairman Of TeenNick) Young World Awards will air.