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NickMom
NickMom Logo 2012.svg
See you there, without the kids.
NetworkNick Jr.
LaunchedSeptember 1, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-09-01)
ClosedSeptember 28, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-09-28)
Division ofNickelodeon
Country of originUnited States
OwnerViacom Media Networks
HeadquartersGlendale, California
Sister networkNickelodeon
TeenNick
Nicktoons
Running time4 hours

NickMom was an American nighttime programming block owned by Viacom Media Networks. It aired on the Nick Jr. Channel during the watershed hours of 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. ET, when the channel's regular audience of children would normally be sleeping. The block carried ad-supported comedy programming targeting an adult demographic, particularly mothers.

When NickMom was first announced in 2011, over 30 projects were in development for the block.[1][2] Original shows produced for NickMom included the stand-up comedy show called NickMom Night Out, the variety show Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, and the docu-comedy show Take Me to Your Mother. The block's highest-rated program was Instant Mom,[3] which was ordered specifically for NickMom[4] but also aired on Nickelodeon's main channel during the Nick at Nite block.

The scheduling of NickMom initially generated controversy; as Nick Jr. only operated a single feed out of the Eastern Time Zone, the usually child-oriented network would transition into content inappropriate for such audiences in the early evening or afternoon depending on time zones. On September 28, 2015, NickMom ended its run. The NickMom website was also closed, and the domain now redirects to the parental resources section of Nick.com.

History

Launch

In October 18, 2011, Viacom announced that it would launch a new block on Nick Jr. for the 2012-13 television season known as NickMom, which would be aimed towards young mothers, as part of the company's "cradle-to-grave" strategy[5] where viewers grow into watching other Viacom networks (from Nick Jr. to Nickelodeon, then MTV, VH1 and then TV Land and formerly, CBS and Showtime[6]). The company explained that "today's moms who grew up with Nickelodeon have a renewed relationship with us through their kids", and that the new brand would "offer a destination that is unique in today's entertainment landscape with content that taps into Nickelodeon's comedic DNA". Unlike Nick Jr.'s main programming, which was commercial-free at the time, NickMom was to be commercially supported, having recently reached sponsorship deals with General Mills and Reckitt Benckiser. Over 30 projects were in development for the block at the time of the announcement.[1]

Closure

On September 5, 2015, the network's Twitter and Facebook accounts released a statement explaining that the NickMom programming block and website would cease operations by the end of the month.[7][8]

NickMom ended its run at 2:00 a.m. ET on September 28, 2015, three days shy of its 3rd anniversary, without embellishment at its end after an airing of the film Guarding Tess.

Programming

Original programming which launched with the block included Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, MFF: Mom Friends Forever, NickMom Night Out, and What Was Carol Brady Thinking?, featuring comedic commentary from Carol Brady within episodes of The Brady Bunch in the style of Pop-Up Video (Florence Henderson herself had no involvement in What Was Carol Brady Thinking?, with commentary penned by writers not involved with the original series).[9][10][11]

By June 2013, some of the programs and movies (Yours, Mine and Ours (2005), Imagine That, Nacho Libre, and The Spiderwick Chronicles) airing on the block had been replaced with syndicated shows already airing on Nick at Nite (or with their rights dormant on that channel), such as The New Adventures of Old Christine and Yes, Dear. Not including Instant Mom (whose second season aired on Nickelodeon and NickMom, but moved to TV Land for its third),[12] the majority of the block's original shows were canceled due to low ratings or creative differences.

In 2015, Movie feature presentations were added to the schedule, with family-friendly movies such as Babe and its sequel Pig in the City most prevalent, along with other female-focused titles such as Eat Pray Love. After acquiring its syndication rights, NickMom began airing the 2010 iteration of the NBC family drama, Parenthood, in April 2015 (rights for that show transferred to Up after NickMom's demise as a complement to Gilmore Girls being carried by that network recently and featuring Lauren Graham as a star in both series).

Controversy

The block's scheduling was met with controversy. Since Nick Jr. operated on only one feed that broadcast on a default Eastern Time Zone schedule, NickMom programming started at earlier times for viewers in different time zones. Some parents found this scheduling inappropriate, given the block's adult-oriented humor.[13][14] The single-feed problem was rectified in mid-February 2013, when Nickelodeon launched a second Pacific Time Zone-based feed for the Nick Jr. channel.[15]

Ratings

Nielsen ratings for the NickMom block's first week dropped 75% from that same period the year prior when Nick Jr. and Noggin programs aired in the timeslot, with some shows registering a "scratch" as being unrated due to a low sample size.[16] A 2013 report from SNL Kagan and distributed by the Parents Television Council, which was opposed to the block, reported Nick Jr. as a network had a large loss of half their viewers in primetime, and of advertisers during the time the most racy of NickMom content was available before the addition of Nick at Nite content, along with a surge in the ratings of competitors Disney Junior and Sprout, which continued to air preschool-targeted programming in primetime. The report noted the ratings were among the lowest in primetime for cable networks. Although the report also listed that the network had a cash flow of -27%, Nick Jr. ran traditional advertising only during the NickMom block and sustained advertising for the rest of the broadcast day, and mainly was a loss leader as part of Nickelodeon's portion of the Viacom digital cable network suite; those networks usually make little money for the company and feature little to no advertising.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b Weisman, Jon (2011-11-09). "Nick Jr. crafting mom-oriented content". Variety. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 9, 2011). "Nick Jr. To Launch Primetime Programming Block For Moms". Deadline Hollywood.
  3. ^ "Nickelodeon Greenlights Second Season of Nick at Nite Original Family Comedy Instant Mom, Starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict" (Press release). Viacom. November 22, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2014. the series launch on NickMom that same night was the block's highest-rated premiere ever
  4. ^ "NickMom Picks Up 13 Episodes of "Instant Mom," the TV Block's First Original Scripted Comedy Series Starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict" (Press release). Viacom. April 3, 2013.
  5. ^ Roberts, Johnnie (18 March 2001). "Cradle To Grave TV". Newsweek. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (29 September 2016). "Viacom-CBS reunion proposal seeks to fix Redstone's mistake - Sep. 29, 2016". CNN. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Unlike your laundry pile, some things do come to an end. We're sad to say NickMom will be going off-air and offline at the end of the month". Tweet from network's Twitter account. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  8. ^ "NickMom". Facebook. Retrieved 2019-12-23.
  9. ^ "Nick Jr. launches new comedy block for adults". EW.com. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  10. ^ "'NickMom' Block Lines Up a Slate". Multichannel News. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  11. ^ Grose, Jessica (2012-11-27). "MomTV". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2015-10-22). "'Instant Mom' To End Run After 3 Seasons As Nick at Nite Pauses Original Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  13. ^ Hoffman, Sybil (15 October 2012). "Sexual comedy show airs on toddler network". AZfamily.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  14. ^ Brown, Stacia L.; Brown, Stacia L. (2015-09-10). "The TV shows mothers deserve". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  15. ^ "Starting Thursday, Nick Jr will change from an east coast feed to a west coast feed so we are in line with the west coast programming schedules. If you DVR recordings on Nick Jr., you may need to delete and reset them up again". Facebook post. Comcast, Tucson, Arizona division. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  16. ^ Jannarone, John (12 October 2012). "Mom Shows Hurt Nick Jr". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  17. ^ "Indecent "NickMom" Devastates Nick Jr. Network". Parents Television Council. October 10, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
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