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‘The Weekenders’ defeats ‘Pokemon’

Pikachu loses top spot after 54 weeks

Pikachu, where are you? For the first time in over a year, Kids’ WB’s “Pokemon” fell out of the top spot among the broadcast webs last Saturday morning.

Instead, ABC’s “The Weekenders” — the fourth half hour of “Disney’s One Saturday Morning” — landed at No. 1 with kids 2 to 11 (not counting the cable webs) on April 29.

“Pokemon” had previously held the broadcast crown for an impressive 54 weeks (since April 17, 1999). Meanwhile, Fox also beat a seg of “Pokemon” for the first time ever, besting the 9 a.m. edition of the show with rival “Digimon: Digital Monsters.”

Don’t cry for Kids’ WB, however: the weblet still destroyed its broadcast competition, rating a 2.9 among kids 2 to 11 (vs. ABC’s 2.8 and Fox’s 2.6). And “Pokemon” took two of the top three spots on Saturday morning.

Beyond the broadcasters, Nickelodeon still clearly prevailed on Saturday morning. The network averaged a 4 rating among kids 2 to 11 and had the morning’s top-rated series.

ABC’s “The Weekenders,” which follows the weekend adventures of four animated southern California teens, debuted Feb. 26.

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