|Launched||January 4, 1988 (as block on Nickelodeon)
February 2, 2009 (as its own channel)
|Owned by||Viacom Media Networks
480p SDTV (1988–present)
1080p HDTV (2013–present)
|Slogan||Play With Us!|
|DirecTV (US)||300 (SD/HD)|
|Dish Network (US)||169 (SD)|
|C-Band – H2H/4DTV||AMC 18 – 210|
|Available on many cable systems.||Check local listings for channels.|
|AT&T U-verse||1320 (HD)
|Verizon FiOS||256 (SD)
Nick Jr. is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is run by the Viacom Kids & Family Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom, the channel's ultimate owner. The channel, which is aimed at younger children between 0 and 6 years old, features a mix of originally-produced programming, and series previously and concurrently aired on the "Nick: The Smart Place to Play" block, and its previous iterations, on Nickelodeon. Due to the Nickelodeon block, Nick Jr. is sometimes disclaimed on air as "the Nick Jr. channel" to avert confusion, especially times of day where both Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. are both carrying preschool programming.
The channel was replacing the block on February 2, 2009 launch. Nick Jr.'s name was taken from a former program block on parent channel Nickelodeon, which aired weekday mornings from 1988 to 2009 under the Nick Jr. name; and still survives today on Nickelodeon as a block known in promotions as "Nick: Play With Us!" (which regularly airs from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM ET; 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM ET during the summer months or on designated school break periods and major national holidays), which has traditional commercial breaks and no common continuity between each series.
As of February 2015, Nick Jr. is available to approximately 75.4 million pay television households (64.8% of households with television) in the United States.
Since February 2, 2011, Nick Jr. uses the Nickelodeon styled TV rating icons.
Current programming Edit
- Blue's Clues
- Dora the Explorer
- Go, Diego, Go!
- Max & Ruby
- Wonder Pets!
- Yo Gabba Gabba!
- The Mighty B!
- Miffy's Adventures Big and Small
- Blue's Room
- Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
- Bobby Sedita
- Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends
- Ni Hao, Kai-Lan
- Little Bill
- The Backyardigans
- Blue's Room
- Little Bear
- Maggie and the Ferocious Beast
- Nick Jr. Movie
Former programming Edit
- Allegra's Window (October 24, 1994 – February 2, 1999)
- Bob the Builder (November 28, 1998 – 2005)
- Gullah Gullah Island (July 6, 1994 – February 2, 1999)
- Kipper (September 5, 1997 – December 31, 2001)
- Maisy (February 11, 1999 – September 29, 2004)
- Rubbadubbers (July 8, 2002 – September 29, 2004)
- Face (mascot) (July 6, 1994 – October 8, 2004)
- Piper (mascot) (October 11, 2004 – September 7, 2007)
Nick Jr. HDEditMax & Ruby, and Dora the Explorer. As of 2015, it is available on AT&T U-verse, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Verizon Fios, Google Fiber, Comcast, Cox Communications, and DirecTV.
On May 16, 2011, MTV Networks launched two new channels, Nick Jr. and MTVNHD, in Asia. These 24-hour channels began to be available on StarHub TV in Singapore on May 18 and on Telekom Malaysia Berhad's Hypp.TV in Malaysia on June 1. The channel launched aggressively to the rest of Southeast Asia later.
In Poland, Nick Jr. is available on the newly formed NC+ digital satellite platform (started March 2013).
In Canada, Nick Jr. was launched as a programming block on the local version of Nickelodeon.