Ratings: Disney XD’s ‘Gravity Falls’ Sets Network Record With Summer Premiere

Disney XD Gravity Falls
Courtesy of DisneyXD

Last week’s summer premiere of animated series “Gravity Falls” has set a Disney XD record for viewership.

According to Nielsen’s Live+ 3 estimates, the July 13 episode “A Tale of Two Stans” averaged 2.319 million viewers — the largest audience for a regular Disney XD series telecast in the network’s six-year history. In addition to total viewers, it also set a network record in kids 2-11 (1.036 million), boys 2-11 (686,000), boys 6-11 (574,000), kids 6-14 (1.279 million) and boys 6-14 (856,000).

“Gravity Falls” now accounts for Disney XD’s top seven regular animated series telecasts of all time in kids 6-11.

Last week’s “Gravity Falls” was the top-rated program in its 8:30 p.m. timeslot across all kid and boy 2-11, 6-11 and 6-14 demos and was cable TV’s No. 1 scripted telecast in total viewers, according to Live+3 estimates from Nielsen.

The series, which follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and twin sister Mabel, premiered on Disney Channel in 2012 and moved over to Disney XD about a year ago. Last week’s episode answered a long-running question about a journal that turns out to be written by their Uncle Stan’s twin brother.

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  1. Paully says:

    That’s Ferb..

  2. Paully says:

    Weird.. Not as well made as Phineas and h.

    • Roger says:

      I beg to differ. Phineas and Ferb’s alright, but it runs on a formula that can get repetitive after a while, even if they do learn how to change it up every few episodes. Still, it does have its own unique charm, and I won’t judge people who enjoy it because there IS a lot of good things about the show, especially the music in the episodes.

      To me, Gravity Falls is the only animated show I’ve seen these past few years that manage to nail the same kind of humor as the first ten seasons of The Simpsons, and it’s amazing (and kind of inspiring) that it’s actually from a Disney production, which is not where I usually expect that kind of show to turn up. The main characters are memorable and I really love watching them interact, and there’s an overall mystery that keeps me hooked, but even when I know the answers I always come back for the stories of these characters and the great writing.
      Plus, the animation and backgrounds are utterly gorgeous, and it’s almost exactly what I feel I should expect from a company that made stuff like ‘Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. It takes a huge ton of effort and luck for a show like this to work, and I’d say they pulled it off spectacularly.

      I only wish the release schedule for these episodes wasn’t too erratic, because I REALLY want to see these episodes coming out more often.

    • BingItOn says:

      Hey, I love Phineas and Ferb as much as the next guy, but I think Gravity Falls is better. Phineas and Ferb was based on individual episodes that could not be connected to one another in any way, with a few exceptions (i.e. Kandas’ relationship with Jeremy, which can help a viewer distinguish how far into the series they are) whereas Gravity Falls works on an episode to episode based story. It continues to progress with many references to earlier events (for logical and comical reasons, importance, emphasis, story building, character development, and chronological purposes). That, in my opinion, is much harder. Not to mention, Phineas and ferb can become repetitive if watched more than a few episodes at a time, even if it is funny.

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