August 28, 2006

Disney’s “Cheetah” leaves all shows in dust

By Andrew Wallenstein

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Cheetah Girls 2" is
off and running at Disney Channel, where the original cable TV
movie amassed 7.8 million total viewers Friday -- more than any
program on TV that day.

"Cheetah" even blazed past the debut of Disney's "High
School Musical," the pop-culture phenomenon that drew 7.7
million viewers in January.

While it's the highest-rated original movie on the network
in total viewers, it fell short of breaking the mark in the key
demos of kids 6-11 and 9-14, where the 2002 film "Cadet Kelly"
still rules.

"Cheetah," which stars Disney star Raven-Symone ("That's So
Raven") as a member of an all-girl band that travels to Spain,
exceeded all broadcast competition that day, with CBS series
"Numbers" a distant second with 6 million.

"Cheetah" also propelled Disney to its most-watched total
day and primetime ever in total viewers. The movie scored a
massive 61 national share in the girls 9-11 demo.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter