'High School Musical 2' huge hit
17.2 million viewers tune in to Disney telecast
By Cynthia Littleton
August 18, 2007
http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=14&cs=1Execs at the Disney Channel knew it would be huge -- but not quite this massive.
The Friday preem of Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2" brought in an astounding 17.24 million viewers, making it the most-watched cable telecast ever, including sports telecasts, Disney Channel said Saturday.
"HSM2" tuner now ranks as the most-watched TV movie ever with kids 6-11, drawing 6.1 million viewers in that demo, and the most-watched ever with tweeners 9-14, drawing 5.9 million viewers in that demo, according to Disney Channel.
In total households, pic drew a massive 9.4 million cable homes, putting the telecast behind only a handful of sports and news telecasts in cable history in total households deliver. The high total viewer tally also indicates that pic was a family viewing event in most of those 9.4 million households.