TNN’s toon preems drive ratings spike

'Stripperella' averaged 2 mil total viewers

NEW YORK — Spike shmike.

TNN’s court battle with Spike Lee to secure the right to change its name to Spike hasn’t damaged the network’s highly touted late-primetime animation block, which premiered June 26 to solid Nielsens.

The big winner was the half-hour “Stripperella, Starring Pamela Anderson” at 11 p.m., which averaged 2 million total viewers, an eye-popping 155% more than the net garnered last year in the time period. The entire block (10p.m.-midnight) outperformed the two-hour timeslot last year on TNN by 61%.

At 10, “Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon” averaged 1.4 million total viewers (up 51% on last year). Show also won big in TNN’s target demographics, pulling in 531,000 men 18-49 and 324,000 men 18-34, in both cases triple-digit gains over last year.

At 10:30 “Gary the Rat,” featuring the voice of Kelsey Grammer, averaged 1.3 million total viewers (up 34%), 548,000 men 18-49 (up 57%) and 358,000 men 18-34 (up 133%).

“Stripperella” augmented its gaudy total-viewers number with 795,000 men 18-49 (up 150%) and 535,000 men 18-34 (up 250%).

A rerun of the original “Ren & Stimpy Show” at 11:30 averaged 898,000 total viewers, which broke out into 405,000 men 18-49 and 327,000 men 18-34.

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