PBS KIDS CAT IN THE HAT Holiday Special Proves to be a Blockbuster
Arlington, VA, January 30, 2013 – As families kicked off the holiday season last November, more than 3.6 million households created a new holiday tradition by watching the first-ever CAT IN THE HAT Christmas special, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS! on PBS KIDS (according to Nielsen NPower ratings, week of November 19, 2012).* Fans also streamed the episode 27 million times online and on the PBS KIDS Video App — the highest number of streams ever for a PBS KIDS program in one month.**
Other PBS KIDS holiday specials were also favorites among kids, including CURIOUS GEORGE: A Very Monkey Christmas and Arthur’s Perfect Christmas. In total, all three holiday specials reached more than 3.6 million kids ages 2-8 and 5.5 million households during Thanksgiving week.*
“The first-ever CAT IN THE HAT special made such an impact on families that we will be bringing it back as a holiday tradition for years to come,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “Millions of children tuned in to this engaging program, which focused on natural science concepts and the amazing abilities of animals.”
A top-rated PBS KIDS series and online experience, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! introduces children to scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all in Seussian style. With a cross-platform approach, PBS KIDS is increasingly serving children and families across America wherever they live, learn and play.
*Ratings Source: NTI NPower Live+7 AA Reach (000), with a 6 minute qualifier and 75% unification
**Source: Google Analytics Event Tracking, November 2012
ABOUT THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! was created in response to recent findings that children graduating from kindergarten are less prepared to learn about science than about other subjects. The series supports young children’s science learning by introducing scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all in whimsical style.
A team of science and early childhood experts developed the curriculum for the series, each episode of which begins with a question posed by Sally or Nick. Although the Cat in the Hat knows a lot of things, his insatiable curiosity to learn more about the world leads to adventures with Sally and Nick in his one-of-a-kind Thinga-ma-jigger, a marvelously Seuss-ian contraption that sprouts wings, pontoons, booster rockets, skis and just about anything else needed to find the answer. The inquisitive gang travels to the bottom of the sea to observe giant sea worms, zips to the rain forest to visit animals living in kapok trees and shrinks to bee-size to visit a hive and learn how honey is made. Guided by the Cat in the Hat, the kids figure things out by observing, collecting and managing clues, making connections, constructing and evaluating theories and having discussions — all in a preschool-appropriate manner. Produced by Portfolio Entertainment Inc. and Collingwood O’Hare Productions, in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House Children’s Entertainment, Treehouse, and PBS KIDS, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! is based on Random House’s best-selling Beginner Book collection, The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.
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