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Universal Kids is a cable/satellite network owned by NBCUniversal targeting targeting children launched September 9, 2017. The network was previously known as Sprout, a dedicated preschool network. After Universal Kids' launch, the Sprout branding was maintained for all preschool programming until January 2018.

The network was launched to allow NBCUniversal to gain a foothold in the kids and family entertainment market by expanding the former Sprout's target audience and leveraging content from DreamWorks Animation, which was acquired just a year earlier. While the network is meant to be a direct competitor to top-rated kids' networks such as Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, its core programming currently only airs during the evening hours after 6pm, with preschool programming taking the majority of the channel's daytime schedule. note 


Universal Kids' current non-preschool programming leans heavily towards DreamWorks series (including shows which premiered on Netflix making their first US runs on a linear, ad-supported station), game shows, and "junior" versions of reality franchises such as Top Chef and American Ninja Warrior.

Despite some hype about making it a true contender, the rebrand has proven to be a disaster; poorly received original programming, awkwardly scheduled acquisitions, an unclear focus, and the overall loss of cable viewership to the internet have caused the network's ratings to plummet, leading it to pull the plug on all future original programming in June 2019. The channel will remain on the air, but will focus exclusively on acquired programming (particularly DreamWorks shows), as well as whatever originals are still in production.


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