Nick To Squeeze Ninth Season Of 'SpongeBob SquarePants' In 2012


Nickelodeon is ringing in the new year with some good new about a familiar fella: SpongeBob SquarePants.
The kids' kingpin has ordered a 26-episode, ninth season of the top animated show for kids from Nicktoons Productions, one that will yield a 200th installment sometime in 2012.
SpongeBob SquarePants has been TV's number-one animated series among kids 2 to 11 for 10 consecutive years. It was also the top show on TV, basic cable and broadcast, among the 6-to-11 set in 2010, according to network officials, and ranks as cable's top animated show among total viewers.
Executive-produced by creator Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked on Nick's series Rocko's Modern Life, SpongeBob SquarePants is seen in 171 markets in 26 languages and is the most widely distributed property in MTV Networks' history.
The last SpongeBob SquarePants special, Mystery with a Twistery, premiered Nov. 11 and was the year's top animated telecast with kids 2 to 11 on TV and basic cable's number one animated series with 6.6 million total viewers. The series' next special, Legends of Bikini Bottom, is an hour-long anthology of brand-new four underwater tales that will debut on Jan. 28.
"SpongeBob's success in reaching over 200 episodes is a testament to creator Stephen Hillenburg's vision, comedic sensibility and his dynamic, lovable characters," said Brown Johnson, president, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group, in announcing the upcoming season. "The series now joins the club of contemporary classic Nicktoons that have hit this benchmark, so we're incredibly proud."