Adored By The Network / Western Animation

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A lot of people would disagree.

Everyone has their favorite cartoons, including the stations...

  • Hello, South Park! Not only is it one of (if not still) the most dominating show on Comedy Central, but for a time, it was also right beside Family Guy on TBS for marathon/back to back showings (four episodes in a row!) weekday and weeknight.
    • CC later dialed back this practice in favor of a similar obsession with Futurama once they picked it up.
  • To meet CanCon requirements, and because its one of the network's longest-running shows, Teletoon can and has aired THREE episodes of Johnny Test in a row every single weekday.
  • In Brazil, Disney XD loves The Fairly OddParents!. The local Nickelodeon shows it twice Monday-Friday; XD, however, shows it 4 times every day!
  • In the UK, BBC Two loves The Ren & Stimpy Show. Nicktoons airs it as well... but Nicktoons shows it only on Saturdays at 10:00PM; BBC Two every weekday at 6:50PM, with every episode uncut!
  • Not even Italian networks are safe. Rai Gulp, born after the three main division of the national networks Rai dropped animation almost entirelynote  and therefore dedicating its own entire schedule to fill in the blank, is partially guilty of this. Said schedule is made of shows that air at multiple times within the same day, but get removed from rotation after a whilenote . Some of these shows got properly screwednote , while others (some of which actually produced by Rai, as a pre-airing Vanity Plate for them reads "RAI FICTION CARTOONS") are lucky enough to not only get re-airings before their temporary drop from the schedule, but get picked up again more often. However, the shining example is the Matt & Manson cartoon series, which has been removed from rotation only after a long while. Nowadays Rai Gulp could change its name to Rai Winx.
    • And as of July 2012 Rai Gulp is at it again, this time around with South American "Kid Operas" (soap operas for kids) in order to cash in on the Patito Feo bandwagon. Problem is, given that Rai Gulp hosted already an abundance of live action shows to begin with, now we have the jarring situation of animated shows outnumbered by live action shows by a wide margin, in a situation not too dissimilar from Cartoon Network's "CN Real" block. The difference here is that this phenomenon isn't bombing as badly as the block did.
    • As of 2017, the live action shows are confined to two blocks (2 PM to 4 PM and the whole evening), meaning that now the channel airs cartoons 14 hours a day (mostly Italian/European productions, with Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers, Assemble!, Sailor Moon Crystal and Inazuma Eleven being the only exceptions). Also, the channel bumpers were recently redesigned, meaning that the night programming is no more introduced by the bumper showcasing all the cartoons they aired when the channel first opened.
    • About other Italian networks: K2 airs Oggy and the Cockroaches and Camp Lakebottom almost all the time, while its sister channel Frisbee alternates a lot between Oggy and Curious George; Boing gives you Teen Titans Go!, The Amazing World of Gumball, Doraemon and whatever is Cartoon Network's newest show, Rai Yoyo runs a lot on Peppa Pig and Masha and The Bear; and Super! balances itself between Miraculous Ladybug, Home: Adventures with Tip & Ohnote , The Loud House and Zak Storm and Nickelodeon sitcoms.
  • The now defunct Discovery Kids network, for its last few years essentially was Kenny the Shark and Tutenstein with the occasional Time Warp Trio, Bindi The Jungle Girl and Prehistoric Planet.
  • The Discovery Kids network replacement, The Hub, while having a more balanced schedule than certain other networks, seems to be quite fond of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Transformers Prime. Considering the popularity of these shows, it might not be such a bad idea.
    • On the subject of shows without a huge fanbase, most of the network's time not spent on ponies or Transformers is instead spent on Game Shows.
    • The Hub also seems to adore Animaniacs, airing promos for the show during every program on the network (even during Animaniacs itself!), and in addition to the Christmas marathon, they ran a two-hour one for Martin Luther King Day (along with The Super Hero Squad Show) and a two and a half-hour one for Super Bowl weekend. Normally, the show airs for three hours on weekdays.
    • And when The Hub itself was replaced by Discovery Family, the ponies remained, as beloved by the new regime as the old. On the other hand, Animaniacs was unceremoniously removed.
    • My Little Pony has now been upgraded to air 13 times a DAY weekdays on Discovery Family. It has taken 2 of Littlest Pet Shop's slots, and Littlest Pet Shop is the second most aired on Discovery Family. In fact, that's all Discovery Family really airs during the day aside from a few different Transformers cartoons in the morningnote . During the night, all Discovery Family airs are low rated Discovery Channel originals with little to no promotion, though recently Cake Boss has been taking most of the attention.
  • If you had toddlers and watched Sprout note  anytime from the late 2000's to The New '10s, Caillou was treated this way. It was shown in 3-episode blocks 15 minutes in length, and only comprised of the first three seasons. This meant that there were only 25 blocks. Two blocks were shown in the morning, one played in the evening (which was repeated 3 times in the overnight segment), and a full hour was shown from 1-2PM (3 blocks with commercials in between each one). This meant that Caillou was shown 9 times a day. There was a 100% turnover of episodes TWICE A WEEK.
    • Sprout also loved anything related to Noddy note :
      • The first series they aired, Make Way For Noddy, was the very first Sprout show to get this treatment, running as many as 8 times a day. Like SpongeBob and Teen Titans Go!, Sprout would show surprise airings of the show despite other shows being listed. It was also the only PBS program to air on the NBC Kids block that used Sprout as a programming source.
      • The second series they aired, Noddy, Toyland Detective, was, before Sprout became Universal Kids, the third-most aired show after Caillou and The Berenstain Bears. New episodes were constantly promoted the week before they air both on TV and on their Facebook. When Sprout became part of Universal Kids, Noddy, Toyland Detective and Caillou were tied for the most-aired shows on the block with three airings each.
    • Caillou is also adored by the Canadian broadcasting company Corus Entertainment. It's hard to find a kids' channel owned by them that has not aired the show at least once.
    • Kody Kapow has been getting a surprising amount of love from Sprout. The network has been heavily promoting it on its social media and official website, which started long before the series began in July 2017. Ads for the show aired during every show on Sprout, on non-NBC networks like Nickelodeon and even in movie theaters.
  • Willa's Wild Life and The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog were adored by the digital channel Qubo.
    • In 2014 it was then Sally Bollywood and Famous 5: On the Case. To wit; both shows air three times a day Monday through Friday (at 7/7:30 a.m., 6/6:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m./9.00 p.m. respectively)note , and on Saturday & Sunday at 6/6:30 Oh, and unlike before, where they'd air one episode then rerun it at a later time, it's three different episodes each day. This isn't so bad for Sally, who has 52 episodes, but Famous Five only has half of that, meaning they blow through the whole series in about a week and a half.
      • On October 2014, it was Raggs. Considering that the show has nearly 100 episodes, it's not bad.
      • Now, It's not only Raggs but The Choo Choo Bob Show, Grossology, and ESPECIALLY Nutri Ventures given their constant advertising.

  • The whole time Cookie Jar TV was on CBS, only one show stayed on it's lineup for a long time, Busytown Mysteries. They aired it for one hour every Saturday.
  • ABC loved Recess, to the point where it was usually shown twice every week. Not that anyone minded; the show was very popular. Plus, Toon Disney would frequently show marathons of the show (Disney Channel would just show it twice a day) until 2007, when the show was moved up to 9:30 AM every weekday...when the target audience was in school. It remained like this even after the switch to Disney XD in 2009, and was removed in 2010 (and was briefly revived in 2011).
  • CBS adored Garfield and Friends back at the height of its popularity. After the first season, they showed it for an hour until it was finally cancelled in 1995. Actually, they were planning future seasons, but CBS wanted to pay less and less money. It managed to run a year longer than Muppet Babies, the previously adored show.
    • When Teletoon Retro got the rights to Garfield and Friends, they showed it 3 times every Monday through Thursday. As of 2014, the show airs 6 times a day on weekdays.
      • Teletoon even held a marathon of the show on September 1, 2012, where they showed six episodes back to back from 3:00PM to 6:00PM.
    • The Latin American Tooncast channel shows Garfield and Friends for an hour each day. And just like InuYasha is for [adult swim], Garfield and Friends is one of Tooncast's network staples, as it has been airing since 2005. If you count its run on Cartoon Network, where it transferred from, that means it was actually aired for 20 years altogether in Latin America. Due to this, it's not going anywhere soon.
    • Junior aired the show twice a day ever since it launched until the summer of 2013, when Maya the Bee took its' timeslot.
  • The Swedish version of Jetix and Totally Spies!. They literally had a programming block called "Totally Jetix": Only Totally Spies, all day, every day.
  • Brazilian station Record has been infamous lately for repeat broadcasts of Woody Woodpecker, mostly at night preceding the news. And while not an animated program, Everybody Hates Chris is on the same condition.
  • Polish station MiniMini recently started broadcasting My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episodes of both Season 1 and 2 everyday, which amounts to 4 episodes per day from December 2012 to March 2013 (decreased to 3 episodes per day from mid-March 2013 to June 2013 and again to 2 episodes per day from June 2013.).
  • The AFN Family channel adores Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Paw Patrol.
  • This is common in Spanish kids channels. As they have to broadcast a minimum quantity of European content, they usually fulfill this quota with midnight broadcasts of the same shows over and over.
  • As the main page quote indicates, King of the Hill was very popular on FX prior to the syndication rights lapsing. Marathons were common during the early/mid-'00s even without a holiday or other justification.
  • NBC had this problem with The Smurfs during the 80s, where it was run in 90-minute blocks during its heyday. Nevertheless, it was a huge ratings grab for the network, and it topped even some of the network's primetime shows.
  • Australian network GO! used to adore Animaniacs, to the point where the Tamagotchi! dub and even Johnny Test were canned for it! It also aired twice in the morning, noon and night.
  • Aside from its original programming, NHK in Japan really loves Thomas the Tank Engine and Shaun the Sheep as of this writing.
  • RTP 2 has had some shows that they wouldn't let off their hands from their kids blocks. This generally applies to co-productions between various other members of the EBU (generally based on the EBU proper). They tried this with Marco and Gina, a show that has been running for over a decade. It's a breath of fresh air when the show is taken off the air, and then, after a while, it returns.
    • A more recent show, Lulu Vroumette, has been airing on RTP 2 since 2011. It has been airing several times to an extent that they just can't resist in dropping the show. Much like Marco and Gina, RTP partook in this production.
    • For a good chunk of 2014, the channel aired TeenTitans on weekday slots in a constant cycle. The problem is: only seasons 3 and 4 were airing, until they decided to stop.
  • Back when Magic Adventures of Mumfie first aired, ANY network that aired it would treat it like a precious gem and air it for a very long time and/or promote it a lot. Here are a few examples:
    • ITV loved promoting this show alongside Astro Farm and featured it in all of their combined shows promos.
    • Fox held onto the Mumfie license for five years across their networks. It got to the point where the normal Mumfie show on GirlzChannel competed with the Mumfie segments on Storytime with Thomas!
    • Nick Jr. UK ran it for nearly five years twice a day.
    • KiKa in Germany broadcast Mumfie twice a day and had it for twelve years. It was also one of their highest-rated programs.
    • In Japan, NHK showed it occasionally after it's initial run up until Kids Station got the rights and lost them in 2001.
    • The Norwegian broadcaster of Mumfie was a very special case: Much like the Italia 1 Dragon Ball example listed on the main page, the show almost never took a break from airing (save for short ones in between each season lasting anywhere from one week to a month). This lasted until late 2014, when Lionsgate got the rights to the show.
    • The now-defunct Greek channel Alter Channel used to play this a lot. It's also included in lots of CD's containing intros of TV shows distributed by its owner Modern Times.
  • American Public Television (a syndicator of programming mainly to PBS member stations) has had the rights to Zula Patrol for ten years now, and it seems as if they won't let go of it. They've gone through the same thing with the more recent Wunderkund Little Amadeus.
  • Undergrads, a quickly-cancelled American cartoon on MTV, grew to become very popular in Canada to the point where Teletoon would air it constantly. It aired once a night for years, despite the show only having a tiny handful of episodes. It goes off the network for long stretches now, but is often still trotted out in the nightly run of shows, despite being more than a decade old by this point.
  • Most, if not all foreign over-the-air TV channels outside of North America that run kids programs will often share a program: Arthur. In a similar manner to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the show is available in exchange for ad time.
  • HBO Family loves rerunning the series "Storybook Musicals" despite being completed in the late 90's.
    • Same goes for the 1999 HBO Family original movie "The Sissy Duckling" which is a unique take on The Ugly Duckling.
  • Whenever it's a holiday or a must-see TV event, Christian kid's network Smile note  will run the VeggieTales special "If I Sang A Silly Song".
  • YTV loved Alvin and the Chipmunks and Animaniacs so much that they aired the holiday specials from these shows up until the mid-2000's.
    • Ever since it started becoming a huge Cash Cow Franchise for Creator/Nickelodeon, you can't really go a day without YTV showing SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • As of August 2017, Chuck's Choice is the most-aired show on the channel. Three hours of airtime is given to it daily. Numb Chucks is also run on the channel a lot, appearing every two hours.
  • CITV seems to be quite fond of any animated show produced in Canada, as well as The Aquabats! Super Show!, which is the only thing aired on the channel from 6AM to 8:30AM.
  • Panama's RPC is obsessed with Phineas and Ferb, to the extent that, on their weekday block of cartoons, Phineas and Ferb (which is the last show of the morning) has a double slot instead of a single slot like the other shows.
  • Since October 2016, anything Angry Birdsnote  has been airing on UK network POP Max. You may be asking, how can this be adored? Since Stella only has 26 episodes, the first 26 episodes of the former two series are rerun over and over. There was a time in January 2017 where the show aired twelve episodes a day on weekends, which means the entire rotation of episodes was reset by the main week.
    • As of August 2017,on some weeks, POP Max loves doing marathons of their shows, re-running them for 9 hours on average. Angry Birds is one of them.

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