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December 1, 1977 (as Pinwheel)
April 1, 1979 (as Nickelodeon)
Owned By
ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks (ViacomCBS)
United States
English (Spanish with SAP)
Broadcast area
Sister channel(s)
Noggin (former) - Nick Jr.
The N (former) - TeenNick Nicktoons (former) - Nicktoons Network (2005-2009)

Nickelodeon (simply known as "Nick") is an American basic cable and satellite television network that is owned by the MTV Networks Kids & Family Group, a unit of the ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks division of ViacomCBS. Its programming is aimed at children aged 8 to 16, while Nick Jr., its more well known sister channel, features programming aimed at age 2 to 8.

Nickelodeon's programming consists of original first-run television series, along with occasional broadcasts of theatrically-released and original made-for-cable movies and select other third-party programming.



299 (East, HD/SD)
300 (West, SD)
1300 (VOD)

Dish Network

170 (East, HD/SD)
171 (West, SD)


AMC 11 - Channel 64 (West) (4DTV Digital)


33 (East, HD)

AT&T U-verse

314 (East, SD)
316 (West, SD)
1314 (East, HD)

Verizon FiOS

252 (East, SD)
253 (West, SD)
752 (East, HD)

Before Nick Jr. (1977 - 1988)

In 1977, "Pinwheel" was one of the first preschool shows on the network. It usually ran about 5 hours per day. By the '80s, more preschool programming was acquired, including Maya The Bee, Noodles, The Adventures of the Little Koala (Pinwheel continued airing during this time period).

Nick Jr. (1988 - 2009)

Main Article: Nick Jr.

Starting in 1988, the network finally launched Nick Jr. with mostly the same lineup as before, only now they were all grouped together in one programming block. The first-ever Nick Jr. original series was Eureeka's Castle (1989).

Nick Jr. (2009 - present) And Nickelodeon (2009 - present)

Starting around 2012 Nick Jr. ("The Smart Place To Play") started airing Nick Jr. show's on Nickelodeon from 8:30 AM (ET) after Spongebob Squarepants to 2:00 PM (ET) going onto Spongebob Squarepants.

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