Disney Channel continues to draw large audiences for original movies on Fridays, with last week’s premiere of “How to Build a Better Boy” standing as the night’s most-watched cable program.
According to Nielsen “live plus same-day” estimates, “How to Build a Better Boy” averaged 4.56 million for its 8 p.m. premiere telecast and was television’s most-watched program of the day among kids 2-11 (2.5 million), kids 6-11 (1.9 million) and tweens 9-14 (1.7 million).
The movie, headlined by Disney Channel and Disney XD sitcom stars China Anne McClain (“A.N.T. Farm”) and Kelli Berglund (“Lab Rats”), tells the story of two young tech whizzes who computer-program the perfect boy and in the process trigger a national incident.
The strong showing means Disney Channel has aired three of the calendar year’s six most-watched original movies, joining “Cloud 9” from January (6.51 million viewers in “live plus-7”) and “Zapped” from June (5.67 million in L7). Lifetime’s “Flowers in the Attic” remains the year’s No. 1 pic (7.05 million in L+7).
“How to Build a Better Boy” was also launched for a week on the WATCH Disney Channel App, generating over 1 million video viewers over the seven days to make it the app’s No. 1 event to date.
Leading out of “How to Build a Better Boy” on Disney Channel was original comedy “Girl Meets World,” which drew its second largest audience to date (4.08 million).