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Around the mid-2000s, a trend emerged wherein, if a show on Nickelodeon doesn't pull in ratings similar to either the network favorites or their established Kid Coms during its first few weeks, it would be screwed over, cancelled quickly, and/or eventually moved to their spin-off channels to burn off the last episodes. note  In other words, the network doesn't have the patience to let a show flourish and find a audience. Any show that doesn't become an instant hit and pull in monster ratings right away (allegedly, there is an unwritten policy that if an animated show doesn't pull in the same ratings as SpongeBob's right off the bat, it's considered a failure) will be killed off by the network over time.note 


This trend has since become the norm for programming on Nickelodeon and its spin-offs, and because of that, it had to be given its own page. Despite this, it's very important to note that the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, California is a great place to work according to former animators and creators; it's the U.S cable network that's the problem.

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  • Hey Arnold! got hit hard near the end. The original plan was for the last three half-hours to be a TV movie titled "Arnold Saves the Neighborhood", and then for a theatrical film known as "The Jungle Movie" to be the Grand Finale of the series. Sometime in 2000, Nickelodeon decided to release the TV movie theatrically, under the title of Hey Arnold! The Movie, and also ordered an hour-long prequel episode that would lead into The Jungle Movie. Poor advertising and an unfortunate release date caused the first movie to be unsuccessful, killing any interest Nick had on giving the series proper closure.
    • Thankfully, after years of heavy vocal fan support, The Jungle Movie was finally greenlit for production in 2016, airing in November of the next year. However, while Nick promoted it very well and it was positively reviewed, it nevertheless did poorly in the ratings, convincing them to shelve the much-anticipated Rocko's Modern Life and Invader Zim one-hour specials, before they were ultimately aired on Netflix in 2019.
  • The Angry Beavers had a Grand Finale called "Bye Bye Beavers" that leaned on the fourth wall by having Norbert and Daggett discover that they're actors on a TV show and that their adventures have been used as episodes. Because it violated a Nickelodeon rule against meta-references in cartoons (and had a lot of burns against the network), the show was canned and the episode in question never aired. Incomplete audio footage of the episode was later leaked.
  • Despite a small hiatus, It's Pony (ranking as the fourth best-performing show on Nickelodeon, right behind SpongeBob SquarePants, The Casagrandes and The Loud House) was one of Nickelodeon's favorite shows during 2020, but that all changed when "Bramley Holiday" aired: The show disappeared from the network, and reruns only aired on the less popular Nicktoons Network. When it was finally about to come back in March 2021, Nickelodeon decided at the last minute to replace the premieres with more reruns of SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • The Fairly OddParents: After years of being Adored by the Network, it seemed that Nickelodeon fell out of love with it.
    • Few new episodes were shown in 2010 and 2011 (when a handful of new episodes aired during the summer and the show was promised a year-long 10th anniversary celebration), at least in the United States. A number of episodes from the seventh season aired two years after premiering in other countries. Aside from "Farm Pit" and a follow-up to the 2011 live-action film, no new episodes of the series premiered in 2012. When Season 9 finally began airing in 2013, the main channel was no longer airing reruns. After what happened to just about every other Nicktoon in recent years, many took it as a sign that the show was now on its last legs.
    • In 2017, the show stopped airing on the main Nickelodeon channel and was moved to Nicktoons, which is usually never a good sign for a cartoon. It didn't help that the show had its animation budget slashed during production, resulting in a visual downgrade during the back-half of the tenth and final season. The show ended casually in July, with series creator Butch Hartman leaving Nickelodeon seven months later. Given the show had already reached Seasonal Rot at this point, many long-time fans see its cancellation was for the better.
  • Danny Phantom was treated pretty badly during its (rather divisive) final season, which had an erratic airing schedule. With the show's ratings plummeting, Nickelodeon cancelled the series in 2006 and decided to air the mid-season episode "Urban Jungle" several months before any other episodes (most notably after the episode that introduced Frostbite, who in "Urban Jungle" teaches Danny power over ice). Then, when they finally aired the rest of season 3, it was at a random, mid-afternoon slot over the space of about two weeks.
  • Invader Zim was cancelled quite quickly due to the network executives receiving many complaints that it was too scary for children and it wasn't getting the kid audience it wanted. It did get a sizable teen/college student audience, though. The show was expensive to produce so even a small slip in ratings was enough to justify cancellation. It's been said that the show would have stood a chance if it was marketed toward an older audience and moved to a timeslot intended for older viewers. Indeed, the creators of Invader Zim were asked by the network to make a series that would appeal to older viewers; Nickelodeon got exactly what they wanted and cancelled it anyways. It did get a TV movie years later, and according to Word of God, Nickelodeon had been asking him for more Invader Zim content for several years, presumably wanting to cash in on the older cult fanbase that they'd rejected years ago.
  • Making Fiends: Nickelodeon told creator Amy Winfrey that it'd air on their main channel, but at the last moment they put it on sister network Nicktoons, which isn't carried by most cable packages compared to its parent network. While it was Nicktoons' most successful original show, it only lasted for six episodes. Amy Winfrey said that scripts for seven more episodes were made, but nothing came out of them. Despite being cancelled, Nicktoons still occasionally aired and marathoned the six episodes that were released.
  • Catscratch, despite getting decent ratings, received only one season, which was inexplicably stretched out for two years. It was later moved to and rerun on Nicktoons under a similarly-brief timeframe before that network discarded the show completely.
  • El Tigre is another example despite receiving overall decent reviews and winning or being nominated for a number of awards. The next five episodes following "The Good, the Bad, and the Tigre" premiered very early in the morning, completely out of nowhere. After that, the remainder of the series was aired on Nicktoons, with little to no promotion. Even beforehand, the show was very prone to being shown once a week (and at some points around midnight or early in the morning), and even being pre-opted a few times by other shows, most notably SpongeBob SquarePants. When asked about the cancellation, Gutiérrez and a couple of other staff members explicitly said it happened because the show couldn't beat SpongeBob in ratings. He even painted...quite the interesting picture dedicated to the statement.note 
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum got a case of this for Nickelodeon's main channel. After nearly 3 years of being adored, the show was moved to 7:00 in the morning and several episodes were delayed for a year and a half. However, at least "Brain Freeze" (the series finale) aired on the main channel in July 2014.
    • Around the same time, Nicktoons replaced most of Fanboy's timeslots with other stuff. It could be found airing somewhat inconsistently between 4:30am and 6:00am along with Random! Cartoons. These time slots remained until the show entirely ceased to air in March 2016, though it occasionally had an early afternoon slot as well.
  • Rugrats, which was once Adored by the Network, suffered this as part of a contractual disagreement of Nickelodeon. When new management came into Nickelodeon around the early 2000s, and their contract was about to expire, Nickelodeon and Klasky-Csupo couldn't agree on a price to produce Rugrats and their other Nicktoons. After this, Nickelodeon had effectively cancelled Rugrats and the rest of their other shows.
    • Like the Hey Arnold! and Invader Zim examples above, this became rectified. Nick was in talks with Klasky-Csupo to revive the series in 2016. This was later followed in 2018 with the official announcement of a 26-episode revival series, and a live-action/CGI film from Paramount Players before that film was pulled from their release schedule.
    • Rugrats Pre-School Daze was basically screwed over directly from the beginning. It spent a lengthy period in Development Hell and was ultimately capped at four episodes (Nick called them specials). Slated to air between 2003 and 2004, they wound up never making it to Nick's schedule and were buried as "bonus features" onto the equally short-lived Rugrats: Tales from the Crib direct-to-video series. Eventually, Nick finally aired the show's episodes towards the end of 2008... at 5:00 AM, where no kid would be awake to see it, without any sort of promotion (or sometimes, even TV listings) whatsoever.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy was unceremoniously dropped not long into its second season. New episodes were either aired or promoted sporadically, and, if they were, often got preempted with SpongeBob reruns. It was banished to Nicktoons and usually only seen in the same early morning slots as Fanboy & Chum Chum, until it was taken off the air in July 2016.
  • Planet Sheen only had one season that took no less than two years to air before it was pulled without any notice. Once the abysmal ratings and reviews for the first three episodes came in, Nickelodeon proceeded to air the episodes Out of Order after it was clear to them the series wasn't performing the way they hoped it would. By the time the final 13 episodes aired (in an erratic manner so that not many people knew the show was still on), the show had been banished to Nicktoons. Like Fanboy, it's speculated Nick killed the show not just because of low ratings, but due to a poor response from its viewers (Jimmy Neutron fans, in particular).
  • Robot and Monster was the Network Red-Headed Stepchild of 2012. As per usual for a Nicktoon that isn't SpongeBob SquarePants. It was given little advertising, was aired Out of Order, was denied a second saeson, and wasn't even fully aired. Nicktoons took over and showed a couple of the remaining episodes, but even they couldn't do them all. Eventually, the unaired episodes were then put on the Noggin streaming service of all placesnote  in 2015.
  • CatDog ended up being hit with this late in its run. After the Grand Finale TV movie "The Great Parent Mystery" aired in November 2000, Nickelodeon unceremoniously cancelled the show. A fourth season was produced, but it wouldn't air in North America until 2005, four years after the show's initial cancellation. To add insult to injury, the post-movie episodes aired in various other countries as early as 2002, almost three years before finally airing in the USA.
  • Nickelodeon managed to screw three shows (The Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and Monsters Vs. Aliens) all at once. Their crime? Being based on DreamWorks Animation films. According to Bob Schooley, executive producer of Penguins and Monsters vs. Aliens, Nickelodeon was getting tired of having to pay licensing fees to DreamWorks in order to keep the shows going. DreamWorks owns the characters and other elements in the shows, while Nick retains half the shows' copyrights. Therefore, the shows were canceled so that Nick could focus more on investing in their own original programming. This prompted DreamWorks to jump ship to Netflix, where they found much better success. DreamWorks did (temporarily) give Nickelodeon permission to continue broadcasting the series on sister network Nicktoons, where The Penguins of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness would finish their run. The sale of DreamWorks to NBCUniversal, with the latter explicitly forbidding Nickelodeon from broadcasting the shows again, led to Nicktoons doing a quick run of the final five episodes of Legends of Awesomeness throughout June of 2016 before all three series disappeared.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender is a unique case. Despite gaining some of the network's highest ratings next to SpongeBob, airing on the main network in its entire run, and remaining a Cash Cow Franchise to this very day, the show had frequent hiatuses, modest advertising, and schedule switches throughout its run. It didn't help that, due to the show being very continuity heavy, Nickelodeon seldom reran the show, instead encouraging viewers to watch reruns on Nicktoons Network (which less people own) and/or buy the show on DVD.
  • Whether it was intentional or not, Nickelodeon dropped the ball with Book 2 of The Legend of Korra. It received less advertising than Book 1 and was also placed firmly in the Friday Night Death Slot. Ratings for the Book 2 premiere were about half of the Book 1 premiere. Then they moved the show to a later time, again with minimal advertising, and the ratings dropped by half again. See the numbers here.
    • It also advertised a "marathon" that would begin a half-hour before its new timeslot at 8:30. The "marathon" was only one hour long and consisted of two new episodes, Beginnings 1 and 2. Immediately after those two episodes aired, the show was changed to yet another timeslot, 8:00pm. Amazingly, it worked!
    • After Book 2, there was almost no news about the show, except a few teases from the creators. Book 3 didn't take nearly as long as Book 2 to be released... but that was probably because Nick's foreign affiliates kept leaking parts of the show, which were then quickly disseminated online. Finally, Nick's Mexican affiliate, MundoNick, leaked four episodes of the show online. The episodes were quickly taken down, but the huge leak resulted in Nickelodeon releasing the first three episodes of Book 3 (the leaked episodes were 3-6) within a week and with almost no advertising. The premiere had even worse ratings than much of Book 2.
      • A decision was originally made to only air the episodes on Nickelodeon and have zero digital options during the season. The lack of advertising meant that many fans of the show didn't even know it was back on the air until several episodes had already been broadcast and then had no (legal) options to see the ones they had missed.
    • After the premiere, the schedule for Book 3 became two new episodes a week. Then it looked as though after episode 8, they'd be pulling the series off the air and showing the rest of the series online instead. Word of God explained at a Comic-Con panel that apparently Nickelodeon had always been planning to move Korra to an online-only format, based on the record amount of views their site received when they streamed Book 2, as well as the fact that the show doesn't really fit in with the rest of Nick's programming. Indeed, several episodes contained very adult themes such as revolution and anarchism, a very graphic on-screen death, and a finale that made a popular Les Yay couple 100% canon (backed by Word of God). There are rumors that Nickelodeon moved the show online to avoid having to air that sort of content on TV (though the remaining episodes did air uncut on Nicktoons). Though justifiable, it still doesn't excuse the network for not telling anybody (including the show staff) about the move until the last minute.
    • Most incredibly of all, Book 4 ended up premiering on October 3rd, 2014—less than two months after the conclusion of Book 3. This was because the budget was cut in the middle of production, forcing the creators to make a Recap Episode in order to prevent a large chunk of their staff from being let go early.
  • After the first season, Nickelodeon barely acknowledged KaBlam!. Its timeslot was inconsistent, it received very little promotion throughout all four seasons it aired (with the exception of Henry and June hosting various blocks of Nickelodeon shows), and after its cancellation from low ratings in 2000 Nickelodeon did its best to make viewers forget this show existed. It reran on Nicktoons from 2002 (when the network was launched) to 2005, but with half of the episodes missing due to unknown reasons note . Even when TeenNick created their '90s block, they didn't air this show. To add insult to injury, the show is one of the only Nicktoons without any official releases on home video or DVD.
    • Contrary to popular belief, it's not due to Nickelodeon having to pay royalties for the individual shorts—one of the creators of one short on a now-defunct fansite said that Nickelodeon owns all the rights to the individual shorts (even Angela Anaconda, which got a Spin-Off on a different, non-affiliated network).
  • ChalkZone got some pretty horrific treatment by Nickelodeon throughout its run from the beginning. The first season was planned to air throughout fall 2000. It was delayed all the way to March 2002 (even though the theme song was included in the 2001 CD The Newest Nicktoons). The "official" premiere in 2002 was the highest-rated premiere for Nickelodeon, until The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius premiered. Consequentially, Nickelodeon chose to devote its promotion towards the latter show.
    • The second season (which was already finished by the time season one was done airing) would also be screwed over. It didn't air until May 2003, leading to a number of fans believing the show was cancelled. It was at this point that Nick moved the show's premiere timeslot from Fridays at 8:30 PM (during the first season) to 9:30 PM, where the show's target audience would be going to bed, with very little promotion.
    • By 2005, the show had been cancelled and only half of the fourth season had aired. The remaining episodes (which had already aired outside the US) wouldn't air until summer 2008, and even then at 6:00 in the morning without advertisement. Nick aired repeats in that timeslot until 2009, though Nicktoons continued to air the show until 2013 at an even earlier time.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot is one of the most infamous examples of this trope by the network. While the first season actually had a fairly consistent timeslot, being aired every Friday at 8:30 PM, it was often preemted for other shows, although it did at least had a decent amount of promotion and reruns on the network. The second season, on the other hand, is were the series ended up being screwed over the most. The season was delayed for a whole year and when it did air, it frequently switched timeslots, had weak promotion from the network, and new episodes were often delayed without any warning, although it did get tons of reruns on Saturdays. Due to low ratings, Nick cancelled the series in 2005 and later shelved the third season for three years, shunted it to Nicktoons and occasionally on the main Nickelodeon network on Sundays at 6AM when broadcast, despite first being aired in Latin America and Asian territories from 2006 to 2007.
  • Kappa Mikey, an Affectionate Parody of anime and Japanese culture, was a huge hit on the Nicktoons channel (then known as Nicktoons Network) during its run. But when they decided to air it on the regular Nick channel, it was treated very poorly. It got a ludicrously small amount of promotion (as opposed to Nicktoons Network, which aired commercials for it in every commercial break, even during those of the show itself), only aired on Sunday mornings, and started its run with an episode from the middle of the first season. It didn't take long for it to be removed from regular Nick's lineup.
  • In 2015, Sanjay and Craig, Harvey Beaks, Breadwinners and gradually more and more shows suffered this treatment. To start, Nick placed all three shows on a Sunday evening premiere block, when not a lot of children would be watching television. Ratings did not fare well; Nick wisely stopped airing new episodes a few months later and placed them on hiatus. While there wasn't any word on when Breadwinners would come back, it was announced instead that Sanjay and Craig and Harvey Beaks would be returning for new episodes on Saturday, July 18, 2015, yet the network didn't even bother to promote them. Both shows were suddenly yanked off from Nick's schedule after two weeks of disastrous ratings. As expected, Harvey fans were not pleased by this and even C. H. Greenblatt wasn't too happy about the horrible treatment his show has gotten.
    • In September 2015, the network made a Friday night block with Sanjay, Harvey, Pig Goat Banana Cricket, SpongeBob (from September to October; repeats of aired episodes lasted the rest of that block), and in January, the tenth season of The Fairly OddParents. Unfortunately, it had very little advertising, as it wasn't advertised until the Friday of the airing and low ratings kicked in. The network pulled the block in March, cancelled Sanjay and Craig not long after, and screwed around with The Fairly OddParents for a little while before moving it and Pig Goat Banana Cricket to Nicktoons.
    • Meanwhile, Breadwinners avoided the Friday night block and was paired on Sunday mornings with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles starting in October. Unlike the Turtles, Breadwinners had absolutely no advertising, and would be shunted to Nicktoons by April 2016.
    • In June, after The Loud House became a hit, Harvey Beaks was brought back to the lineup to air the last five episodes of Season 1, then started airing Season 2 immediately afterwards. Three weeks of new episodes, including the two-part "Steampunks" special, were aired before it was taken off the lineup. Then another week of new episodes was shown in late September, followed by the Halloween special on a Saturday morning paired with a Halloween episode of The Loud House, all with zero reruns on the main network. Inevitably, Harvey was banished to Nicktoons. To add insult to injury, Greenblatt himself wasn't informed of the move until one of his coworkers posted about it on Twitter. At least Sanjay and Craig returned to Nick to burn off the remaining episodes.
  • The Mighty B! got shunted around the schedule shortly after it premiered in 2008, eventually got kicked across to Nicktoons in 2010, and finally had the remainder of the final season burned off in one go during a dead zone afternoon a year later.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants, the network's most adored show, is also prone to this. New episodes now take a longer than normal time to hit the airwaves, while episodes from previous seasons are held over. Consequentially, premieres of new episodes from recent seasons of the show have been spread over the course of a year or two. For example, it took almost 5 years for the network to finish airing all of Season 9. It seems the show has become so Adored by the Network that Nick aren't patient to have at least 5 episodes to wrapped production before exporting them, as reruns ofter perform better in the ratings than premiers at certain points.
    • Ironically. this trope was played straight on the Nicktoons Network. Reruns of SpongeBob SquarePants were handled decently on the channel until 2009, when it was banished to only weekends at 10:00PM and 8:00AM, when the target audience would likely be off to bed and barely getting out of it respectively (though the main channel was airing reruns ad nauseam by this point, so this treatment was somewhat justified). It would eventually get re-added to weekdays a few years later as well... at midnight. As of 2018, the show is still stuck working the late night shift, but the entire watershed period is filled with nothing but the show.
      • Nicktoons also only aired episodes from the first five seasons for some odd reason (this also happened with The Fairly OddParents until 2014). As of 2017, this practice has stopped.
    • In India, it gets even weirder. Despite being one of the most iconic cartoons everywhere else in the world, the main Nickelodeon network in India only airs the show very early in the morning, with an occasional extra rerun.
    • The British feed has the same problem as the Indian one, but worse: The show only airs at a time when the target demographic is asleep. The rest of the day is devoted to kidcoms and Winx Club reruns. The show does have more prominence on the country's Nicktoons channel, which itself is horrible at screwing over its own shows.
    • An "Every SpongeBob Ever" marathon was held to celebrate the show's 20th anniversary on Nicktoons. However, during the Season 8 portion of the marathon, it stopped for regular programming without notice.
    • In October 2020, Nickelodeon ended the Nick Jr. block early (at 1PM) to show reruns of this show, with a likely reasoning being that some online classes end earlier than those in-person. However, they did not account for the fact that some districts were still teaching in-person and ending at their usual times. It got even worse during Christmas week of 2020, when these reruns began at 11AM, when some children aren't even finished with their schoolwork. Nickelodeon eventually took notice of this issue and moved the start time of the main channel's line-up back to the original 2PM timeslot in February 2021, giving the 1PM hour to PAW Patrol.
  • Nickelodeon tried various marketing strategies to boost Bunsen Is a Beast's popularity, such as crossing it over with The Fairly OddParents, but Bunsen hasn't received the acclaim that The Loud House did and only had reruns on Nicktoons, where the final episode aired... in a late night slot. Butch Hartman announced the series would end after one season due to his departure from the network.
  • After only nine episodes, Welcome to the Wayne went on hiatus. It did get renewed for a second season, but the announcement was made half a year later, with the rest of the first season still not slated to return. Meanwhile, the rest of the first season premiered internationally, ahead of the U.S. broadcast. The second season premiered in fall 2018 in countries such as Turkey, and eventually in the U.S. during spring 2019 on Nicktoons. Since then, the series has disappeared without a trace.
    • In the U.K, after airing all 20 episodes of the first season on Nicktoons, there were no repeats.
    • The second season itself was at least advertised slightly, however, it was clearly indicated that it was Cut Short, as season 2 had 10 episodes compared to the first season's 20, explaining a bit of the slightly rushed pacing on some storylines.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) was a weird example. Despite being a huge success for Nickelodeon, was shafted to Nicktoons to "supposedly" the remaining episodes. It was rumored to have happened to make room for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which replaced the series following its 5-season run. Despite that, the show returned to the main network for its finale, so it's hard to tell what really happened.
  • Nick tried to support Pig Goat Banana Cricket; it was given a second season ahead of the premiere, and was previewed after that year's Kids Choice Sports. But the series only pulled in 1 million viewers— compared to the millions more that SpongeBob received, and had garnered mixed to negative reviews.
    • The show first aired in the United Kingdom and Ireland two and a half years later and only aired new episodes at 6AM in the morning on weekends. It would eventually be pulled after a few months.
    • The second season was booted to Nicktoons, where it aired until September 2017. The last 3 episodes (which already aired in Poland) premiered the following August, at 4:30-5:15 AM, meaning anyone without a working DVR or a willingness to go on illegal streaming sites was out of luck.
    • Despite Nickelodeon Greece airing the show on weekend nights as of 2019, Season 2 has yet to premiere.
  • Pinky Malinky was originally developed at Cartoon Network's European development studio, and was picked up by Nickelodeon in 2015 to be a full series. Other than promotional material and an early second season renewal, it seemed as if Nickelodeon did nothing but sit on the series for three years. As part of parent company Viacom's new strategy of producing content for streaming services, it was announced that the series would instead premiere on Netflix in 2018. Even then, the series was supposed to premiere on August 17, 2018, but was delayed to January 2019.
  • The X's is by far the most mistreated Nicktoon in history that ever aired on the main network. Not only did the series suffered from Invisible Advertising and was constantly pre-empted by other show, but reruns were almost nonexistent. The network dropped the show a year later and reruns were dumped on Nicktoons Network, who would often pre-empt it to air another show in its place. The last episode never aired on either network, and the series is considered the most obscure and hardest to find Nicktoon.
  • Glitch Techs was announced in 2016 with a brief series synopsis and single piece of art displaying the show's logo. Cue radio silence for the next few years, with only a piece of art or two getting leaked by way of art portfolios from those working on the show. Then came January 2019, when one of the show's artists announced on Twitter that the entire production crew had come into work to learn that production had been halted before it even got the chance to air due to allegedly high production costs. It's still assumed by everyone involved that the series will air whatever was completed (about a season and a half of content) sometime in 2019. However, it was confirmed by co-creator Dan Milano to be delayed to 2020. On November 26, 2019, a leak by Netflix on their "For Your Consideration" website all but confirmed that the show may debut on said streaming service instead, similar to Pinky Malinky. The show was officially confirmed to premiere on February 21 of that year. However, its future is uncertain as most of the people that worked on the series have either left Nickelodeon or are working on other shows, but the series hasn't been officially cancelled.
  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, despite high popularity and fairly decent ratings, was banished to Nicktoons as of October 12th, 2019, at the extremely awkward timeslot of 10:30 pm. The first season wasn't even finished when this happened. It got worse during the second season, where the show was abruptly cancelled due to low toy sales. Additionally, this also caused the original 26 planned episodes to be cut down to only 13 episodes, resulting in a much faster pace that forced many of the show's subplots to either be rushed or outright ignored, and the finale itself premiered with no advertisement or any kind of warning whatsoever.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was adored throughout its entire run, but was cancelled in 2006 following DNA Productions shutting down after The Ant Bully flopped, with the network refusing to switch to another CG animated studio for another season. While season 3 was a ratings success, Nickelodeon aired the entire season out of order, airing the Series Finale "The League of Villains" in the middle of the season.
  • Before reruns of older cancelled shows like Doug, The Ren & Stimpy Show and Rocko's Modern Life in the early 2000s, Nickelodeon would play a bumper featuring the Nickelodeon logo followed by text reading "It's summer... go outside... we'll be here when you get back", superimposed over live-action kids playing outside in some way (such as swimming or playing baseball). While probably a precursor to the network's "Worldwide Day of Play" events, some have taken it as Nick attempting to get kids to play outside when those shows came on during the summer, in an attempt to lower their ratings and justify removing them from their schedule. (Whether or not this was their intention, they were eventually moved to the Nicktoons network by 2002.)
  • NickRewind, when it comes to anything besides their most popular Nicktoons. Even The Ren & Stimpy Show is aired on and off, and will usually stay off the schedule for months, while All That and Kenan & Kel are usually reserved for a couple episodes every other weekend, usually as some sort of special event (which is probably why the block's name was changed from The 90's Are All That.) The network's social media posts will even reference shows that the block never airs, not even on TeenNick itself anymore (such as The Amanda Show).

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  • Weinerville had this happen after its popularity allowed it to air on weekdays instead of Sunday afternoons. According to Marc Weiner, the series was not renewed for a third season because Nickelodeon wanted to change its lineup to include more action-oriented programming and Weinerville, with its puppet atmosphere, was deemed too childish for the new direction.
  • Noggin's nighttime teen block, The N, became the teenager's equivalent to Fox when it comes to screwing shows over. A lot of their original shows (i.e. the ones that were actually produced by Noggin LLC for the block) were given poor scheduling, including O'Grady and South of Nowhere. Meanwhile, Canadian import Degrassi: The Next Generation got a ton of love and airtime.
    • A Walk in Your Shoes and Sponk! only aired on the main Nickelodeon channel at 5:00 am. When Nogin moved them to air during The N block, both shows ended up getting way less promotion than they did when they were broadcast in the daytime. Sponk! wasn't even renewed for new episodes after it moved its time slot, meaning that every airing on The N had the host tell viewers to go to instead of
    • Even Degrassi doesn't get off all that easy. The N's broadcasts were heavily edited for content, the most notorious example being when they refused to air a two-part episode about abortion out of fear of viewer backlash. Once the show became really popular in America, The N was forced into a position of pushing for creative changes on the Canadian writers.
  • True Jackson, VP was rarely shown on the main network (but mostly shown on TeenNick). Whenever a new episode was scheduled to air, no "new episode" promo was shown until the day of the airing and whenever a rerun airing of the show was scheduled to air.
  • The Troop was also treated pretty badly by the network. Nickelodeon was a bit more kind to the show in the second season, giving it a plush Saturday-afternoon timeslot, right after Power Rangers Samurai. However, they decided to screw it even there by pre-empting the new episodes with SpongeBob SquarePants reruns, and the show was also moved to a prime-time timeslot on Saturday nights. The show was cancelled before all the episodes of season two were even aired on the network.
  • Anything produced by Nick's international networks (especially their Australian and British operations) appear to air only out of a contractual obligation instead of a genuine interest to air something different for viewers, though the international producers have no say on promotion or timeslots at all it seems. Witness the rebranding of the Australian series Lightning Point on TeenNick to the generically confusing Alien Surf Girls.
  • Hollywood Heights, an attempt to create a telenovela-esque daily series was supposed to be the big attraction of Nickelodeon's summer 2012 season. However, a confusing strategy which resulted it being branded as a Nick@Nite program by the time it started, along with an inexplicable looping of the first episode through the first week, which instead of attracting viewers, fatigued them from watching the series further, and the usual complaints of why a teen soap opera was under the Nick@Nite label soured those plans. By the time it ended in August, it had been reduced to being stuck on TeenNick and only watched by diehards. Compare this to January 2014's Every Witch Way, which received Nickelodeon's branding, a guaranteed weeknight timeslot, got a second season, and never changed its timeslot in each of its month-long runs on Nickelodeon.
  • For the network as a whole, its incredible decline in ratings in 2011 can be mostly due to its odd treatment of its shows not named SpongeBob SquarePants, Victorious, iCarly or Dora the Explorer. However, even iCarly received some bad treatment by the series' end. From advertising two separate episodes as the 'season premiere' (The Other Wiki hasn't even established when most seasons started, forcing Wild Mass Guessing as to where each season begins since the network won't tell them), to advertising the series to run back to back, only to stop that after 4 episodes. Episodes aired in weird timeslots (like December 28 for the second blooper episode, or New Year's Eve for "iStill Psycho") with no advertising. Its ratings were hammered with several episodes dropping into the bottom 5 least-watched ever, and the series as a whole dropping the average ratings of the rest of the show by over a million viewers.
  • Nick Studio 10, an afternoon block introduced in 2013, gained instant ire with viewers for not only peppering commercial breaks with inane, humorless stunts and/or skits but for also interrupting programs with "important announcements" that were simply "random equals funny" video clips. Nobody except the network seemed to enjoy it, probably because its haters overwhelmed any attempts to fix the block or allow disagreement with their views. Their Twitter account was hacked with racist posts to the point where the network gave up on keeping control of it, while the program's Facebook page was best described as entirely having "feedback" of the profane variety. A promised return after Labor Day 2013 never materialized. The hosts of the block have pretty much disavowed ever appearing on it (likely due to said profane "feedback" ending up on their own personal social media timelines, which got to the point of them receiving threats for the mere reason of just doing their jobs).

  • Power Rangers had it rough at Disney, so a lot of fans cheered when Saban Brands brought the franchise and made the switch to Nickelodeon. Those cheers didn't last long, thanks to a "20 episodes per season" rule that Nick forced on the show. Power Rangers Samurai, and all subsequent adaptions, were stretched out for two seasons (the second season being a direct sequel to the previous; Super Samurai, in this case) and aired over the course of two years each with 40 episodes in total. Adding to that, the broadcast of each individual season in-itself is stretched out by an exceedingly long Spring-Summer hiatus. One fan crunched the numbers and realized that the 40 episodes of Samurai/Super Samurai have run over a longer period of time than the 150-episode run of the first three seasons of Mighty Morphin'.
    • Before coming to Nickelodeon, Power Rangers has always adapted the previous year's Super Sentai series. Now that they keep falling further and further behind, Saban has had to start skipping over certain Sentai installments. Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters got passed over in favor of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger (But was later adapted into Power Rangers: Beast Morphers), and Ressha Sentai ToQger was skipped to adapt Shuriken Sentai Ninninger (the latter was possibly a case of the series being unsuitable for an American adaptation due to its railway motif making heavy use of Japanese trains).note  Despite Nickelodeon's "20 episodes per season" rule still being in place and their lack of proper advertising for current seasons, the network has already renewed the show through 2021 at the earliest. Though Hasbro acquired the franchise and the other entertainment properties of Saban Brands, it is presumed that they still have to abide by this (helped by the fact that Hasbro has a close relationship with Paramount, owned by Viacom).
  • Taina, for those unaware of it. It was about a teenaged Puerto Rican girl who aspires to be a singer and actress. Other characters included a black guy friend that is sometimes the voice of reason, a guy that sometimes plays guitar for Taina's performances, and another aspiring actress who acts mostly as a rival but sometimes a friend to the main character. And if none of that sounds familiar, Taina is enrolled in Manhattan Performing Arts School. It also received similar ratings to Victorious and was moved to Saturday nights for the second season (which aired from January to May of 2002) where ratings doubled. Aside from being a popular show, it was canceled that summer. Nick thought it only appealed to girls, when at the time the network's target audience were mostly males. Turns out guys did like the show, too.
  • In an odd move even by Nickelodeon standards, Victorious got this treatment during its final year: several new episodes scheduled to air during October/November 2012 were preempted by new episodes of Big Time Rush.
  • When explaining the cancellation of How To Rock, its executive producer talked about how Nickelodeon was "going through a transition right now". Said transition is also blamed for Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures and Fred: the Show also being cancelled after just one season each. Nickelodeon wanted to stay in business with Lucas Cruikshank, but the poorly-received Marvin Marvin was also cancelled after one season too. While it was natural for Nickelodeon to cancel these shows due to low ratings (and mixed-to-negative reception), every show that premiered after How To Rock's cancellation got, in fact, worse ratings.
    • As for the "transition" referred to earlier, as noted above at the top of this page, Nickelodeon would go on to favor their highest-rated shows at the expense of everything else. In recent years, this has applied less to their live-action programming and more to their animation slate. While Nick still has many live-action shows in production, every Nicktoon not named SpongeBob and (eventually) the The Loud House would get screwed over without mercy.
  • Big Time Rush regularly got above 2 million viewers, but during its fourth and final season in early 2013, the new Thursday timeslot had little promotion. As a result, most episodes aired rated with series lows, with the May 16th episode barely gaining above 1 million viewers.
  • Sam & Cat wasn't renewed for a third run of episodes despite high ratings for a variety of reasons:
    • After filming a 20-episode first season, Nickelodeon abruptly ordered 20 more episodes of the show on short notice and without consulting the cast & crew. The ensuing filming schedule was grueling for everyone involved, particularly Jennette McCurdy who had wanted to take time off after her mother's death in late 2013.
    • Nickelodeon also reacted badly when sexy photos of Mc Curdy were leaked online after her short semi-relationship with NBA basketball player Andre Drummond, causing her to publicly accuse Nickelodeon of unfair treatment and pushing her not to attend Nick's 2014 Kids Choice Awards.
    • Rumors began to circulate that McCurdy had gotten into a feud with co-star Ariana Grande or with the studio over her salary, while at the same time Ariana would have wanted out to continue her booming music career without the massive obligation of filming a TV show.
    • In the end, Nickelodeon cancelled production with four episodes left unfilmed. Ariana responded to the cancellation with a long social media post praising the creator of the show, the fans, her character Cat, sharing her vision for how Cat's life would have gone, the crew of the show & Nickelodeon itself, while not naming Jennette directly at all. The fallout from the horror on-set drama effectively killed Jennette's TV career and put the kibosh on Dan Schneider's Nickversenote , while Ariana left television behind, adjusted her image to distance herself from Cat, and became a worldwide pop star.
  • The Naked Brothers Band, which Nickelodeon would contribute to the end of by 2009. It quickly became one of Nick's most successful shows when it premiered in 2007. Despite this, by the end of the 3rd season, executives demanded more, urging Polly Draper and her family to lengthen the season from 13 episodes, to 60 episodes, for a show whose cast consisted mainly of kids and teens under 18. Obviously, Draper refused, citing a previous agreement that the shooting schedule would not interfere with the boys' personal lives. Nickelodeon of course, did not conform to the demands.
  • Just for Kicks lasted for only one season of 13 episodes, was buried in an awkward Sunday night timeslot for nearly its entire run, and had few, if any, reruns. After its final episode aired, the network cancelled it and never reran it again, and to this day it remains one of the most obscure series Nickelodeon has ever aired.
  • House of Anubis got this pretty bad, possibly because it was made by the British version of the network. In the months leading up to the premier of the second season, they decided to re-show all the episodes of the first season. Fans were excited, as many episodes weren't on the Nick site, and so they haven't seen much of the show in a year. Well, after the first half of the season, they used up one of the episode slots to air the premier of Fred instead- and stopped showing episodes since. The third season got it bad as well. About six episodes in, they used the time slot to, instead, air yet another new show. It wasn't shown for two weeks until it was finally moved to TeenNick- a channel a portion of the fans didn't have, which caused ratings to drop.
  • AwesomenessTV was treated badly by Nick, possibly because the YouTube channel is owned by DreamWorks Animation. After somewhat decent ratings in season 1, Nick moved season 2 to Saturday nights in 2014, where the show had good advertising and decent ratings. But in September, Nick dropped all advertising for the show and moved it to an earlier timeslot. Nick didn't cancel or renew the series; coincidentally, this was years before Viacom would acquire AwesomenessTV from Comcast.
  • Legendary Dudas got tons of promotion back when it premiered in July 2016, but was canned after six episodes and got no reruns, not even on TeenNick. Except for a few videos, Nickelodeon erased the show off their website.
  • 100 Things to Do Before High School, a Spiritual Successor to Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (even being made by the same production company), was quietly cancelled in 2016 because of low ratings, despite being better-received than other Nick sitcoms at the time. The cancellation was so quiet that Isabela Moner (who plays the main character) didn't know of the series cancellation and found out via Lisa Arch on Twitter.
    • As for Ned's Declassified itself, there were plans for a sequel set in high school as soon as the show ended in 2007, but nothing came out of it, mainly because of the network's shift towards "tween" girls and the leads not having much appeal among the Tiger Beat crowd. Furthermore, it was assumed the show would get made until the actors signed for other projects in early 2009.
  • Nickelodeon's sports-themed shows:
    • Jagger Eaton's Mega Life and All In With Cam Newton aired on Nickelodeon, but they were then shafted to the NickSports block. Unlike Paradise and Crashletes, Jagger and Cam were both canned after one season each.
    • After The Dude Perfect Show made a Channel Hop from CMT to Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon heavily advertised it, but it once again got little to no reruns on the main channel, only aired when it had new episodes, and reruns on NickSports.
  • W.I.T.s Academy, a spin-off of Every Witch Way, ended its first season on a cliffhanger. However, before the series' producers could even think about doing another season, Todd Allen Durkin, who portrayed the role of Agamemnon, left the series to pursue an acting career.note  Nick found it infeasible to continue without him and simply cancelled the series. It only got reruns on TeenNick in April 2016.
  • Max & Shred originally aired between November 2014 and January 2015, but was suddenly removed. The remaining episodes then aired that summer. Canada's YTV, who co-produced the series, renewed it for a second season, but Nick shafted it to Nicktoons and gave up after eight episodes.
  • Make It Pop and The Other Kingdom were cancelled after two seasons (or one in the case of Other Kingdom) due to low ratings for the latter, and Nick refusing to renew the contract with DHX Media to produce the former.
  • In June 2018, Star Falls was given the Korra treatment and all episodes of season 1 were released on the app. To make matters worse, the series was shafted to TeenNick and premiered the last 9 episodes of season 1 every Sunday in August to low ratings.
  • Australian import The Bureau of Magical Things was hit with this after its premiere on the American network. After one episode, it got booted to TeenNick to premiere the rest of the episodes.
  • After running for 2 seasons on the main Nickelodeon network, Hunter Street moved to TeenNick for its third season.
  • Game shows:
    • Whenever Nickelodeon was in the mood to try out new things from the late 80s through the early 2000s, they would abruptly pull the plug on their existing game shows. Many times, the staff wouldn't be notified until new seasons were ready to begin production. At least some shows found shelf life in reruns before Nick GaS was launched in 1999. Even still, GaS didn't air the entirety of every series. The most commonly accepted reason is a water leakage destroying pre-1990 master tapes of Double Dare (1986) and Finders Keepers with a quarter of Nick Arcade episodes getting pulled due to music rights issues.
    • * After the success of the first iteration of Family Double Dare, FOX ordered a second season of 13 episodes. However, according to host Marc Summers, FOX executives wanted to do themed episodes such as Playboy Playmates vs. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. President of Nickelodeon Gerry Laybourne balked at this idea, and the show walked out.
    • A second season of Global GUTS (GUTS's fifth overall) and a fourth season of Legends of the Hidden Temple had started production and were set to be taped in early 1996. However, Nickelodeon pulled the plug on both shows without warning in favor of three pilots. One of them, Figure It Out, was eventually green-lit.
    • The two most recent revivals of Double Dare (1986) were treated harshly after both of their second production cycles ended. Double Dare 2000 had it pretty bad where Nickelodeon burned off their remaining episodes and moved it to GaS by the end of 2000. The 2018 revival had Invisible Advertising for most of its second season with very little way of telling when new episodes would air.
    • During Season 8, Slime Time Live aired early in the morning when kids would be getting ready to go to school.

    Noggin/Nick Jr. 
  • For years, Noggin didn't even bother to start a West Coast feed, meaning that if anything was only on in the early morning hours in the east, it would only be on late at night in the west. For example, a show that came on at 6:00 A.M. in the east would be on at 1:00 A.M. or midnight in Hawaii. The channel (now known as Nick Jr.) eventually launched a West Coast Feed in 2013 as a response to complaints from parents in the west about their ill-fated NickMom block starting at a time when the demographic for the channel was still awake.
  • Nick Jr. seems to do this almost as much as Nick does. If a show does not pull in ratings as high as PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies or Blue's Clues & You!, it will be shoved to the Nick Jr. channel and could eventually end out of the blue without any word on a renewal or cancellation. Thankfully, Nick Jr. has much more clearance than its siblings and has pulled in better ratings than the main channel on occasion.
  • The UK Nick Jr.'s treatment of anything that originally aired on PBS Kids was erratic, to say the least. Any show acquired from there would get screwed over in one way or another. Here are just a few examples.
    • Sesame Street started out pretty nice: It had two slots on weekdays at 9:00am and 3:00pm. As Magic Adventures of Mumfie and Thomas the Tank Engine grew in popularity on the channel, Sesame Street was pushed to weekends at 6:00am with no later showings to accompany those two shows note . Weeks later, the show was replaced by re-runs of Blue's Clues, and aside from spin-offs and direct-to-video specials, it didn't air in the country again until Cartoonito started showing it in 2016.
    • Sid the Science Kid only aired its first season on the channel and aired it all within a month before it was pulled.
    • Dinosaur Train used to only air on weekends, but got replaced by more re-runs of Peppa Pig when it was pushed into the dead hours of the morning.
    • Super Why! never aired any of its post-2012 episodes.
    • The Pajanimals ran for less than a year.
    • Some PBS Kids shows have never made it to the UK at all due to the way Nick Jr. treats them. Notable examples include the seasons of Dragon Tales that neither Nick Jr. nor Tiny Pop aired, and the remaining seasons of Barney & Friends that CiTV, Cartoonito, and TCC did not air (the latter, at least, got some of the Direct to Video episodes released there and exclusive merchandise). It's a good thing that Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and Peg + Cat are lucky to be aired on other networks in the UK.
  • The American run of Jane Hissey's Old Bear Stories on the Nick Jr. block was this. In a very similar manner to The Brothers Flub, the show was rarely re-run and was quickly removed from the block as soon as it ended.
  • Due to DreamWorks Animation suddenly buying out the rights of all Chapman shows (save for Bob the Builder), Nick Jr. heavily advertised Roary the Racing Car but wound up airing Max and Ruby at the last minute. Roary had been airing on Nick in the UK for ages, which was probably what made Nick think that they were in the clear to air the show. Prior to this, the show aired for a bit on Sprout (when it was a PBS Kids network).
  • After its predecessor was treated nicely for fourteen years, Dora and Friends: Into the City! got this treatment. After "Dora Saves Opera Land" aired, the network decided to only air one episode of the show a month. When "Magical Mermaid Adventure" aired, that then changed to one episode every two months. Things got really bad in November of 2016 when they decided to air blocks of new episodes of the show against shows that got higher ratings; the first of which aired on the same night as Elena and the Secret of Avalor. It was quietly canceled in February 2017.
  • Blaze and the Monster Machines often falls into this territory time to time despite being generally popular in ways and Adored by the Network. The amount of times the show runs daily has been reduced, with it now only airing once or twice on the Nick Jr. block or only 2-4 (sometimes 6) times on the Nick Jr. channel. The month after its debut, it was restricted to air only one to three new episodes a month, especially the first of these, and it never airs new episodes over the summer months (with the exception of June and most recently August 2019 for the fifth season premiere). By the end of the fourth season, episodes received almost no promotion and aired at 9:00 AM, and the show only aired on Nick Jr. on Nick once a day amongst an almost six-hour marathon of PAW Patrol throughout the summer of 2019. Thankfully, it is the only pre-2019 first-run show other than PAW Patrol and the now Un-Cancelled Bubble Guppies that didn't get banished to the Nick Jr. channel for new episodes.
  • Lalaloopsy, and Julius Jr. premiered on the Nick Jr. block on Nickelodeon, which is only dedicated to showcasing the biggest hits, but they were quickly pulled and banished to the 24/7 channel. Both of them were surprisingly treated very nicely on the 24/7 channel, having several programming blocks dedicated to them (along with shows like Zack and Quack, Dino Dan, Yo Gabba Gabba, Mia and Me, and Mike the Knight) with tons of promotion, and we mean tons. Things took a bad turn in late 2014 and the rest of 2015, when Nick Jr. quietly cancelled both Lalaloopsy and Julius after two seasons and fifty-two episodes each, and burned off the rest of their episodes on weekends with Invisible Advertising. Julius was immediately taken off the air after it aired its last episodes, while Lalaloopsy had reruns (on Sundays only) until late 2016. All mention of it was erased off the Nick Jr. site, but Julius was lucky enough to stay on the site. Luckily, Julius is available to stream on Netflix, while the Lalaloopsy franchise was also rescued by Netflix, picking up several of its movies, and creating a spin-off called We're Lalaloopsy.
    • The reason Lalaloopsy was canceled was because of a lawsuit.
  • After being treated very nicely for a few years, Wallykazam was kicked off the Nickelodeon block, banished to the 24/7 Nick Jr. channel to air its remaining episodes, and was shown at extremely awkward time slots. It was later quietly canceled in 2017.
  • Peter Rabbit used to be one of the channel's most successful and promoted shows, airing on Nickelodeon daily. However, it was later banished to the 24/7 channel to air the remaining episodes and was later quietly cancelled after two seasons. However, in the series' native UK, it still has decent reruns on CBeebies more than a year after it ended, and still gets some of the highest ratings on the channel.
  • Fresh Beat Band of Spies used to be adored as well, but was canned after one season and 20 episodes.
  • After being adored for a few years, Mutt & Stuff was shafted to the 24/7 Nick Jr. channel in October of 2017 to burn off the remaining six episodes.
  • An odd example with Shimmer and Shine and Nella the Princess Knight. Despite both of them being adored by the channel, Shimmer's ratings have declined over the years, while Nick Jr. had too much faith for Nella to succeed, since some of its episodes got less than a million viewers. Because of this, Shimmer and Nella only aired on Nickelodeon (which is preserved for the most popular shows) when they had new episodes. Nella actually started airing exclusively on the Nick Jr. channel on February 12, due to abysmal ratings.
    • Both shows were eventually revealed to have been cancelled, along with Sunny one year later.
    • Sunny Day was Adored by the Network before it premiered, which caused some Hype Backlash. Reruns on Nickelodeon were dropped after its first six weeks. Reruns were moved to Nick Jr. and, in October 2018, the show started airing new episodes exclusively on that network due to poor ratings. In late 2019, reruns of the show were pulled globally and it was given the Korra treatment with the remaining episodes being released exclusively on-demand.
    • In addition, all three shows would air only one new episode a month at some point, mostly on Sundays as part of the channel's "Girls Rule Sundays" programming. These decisions were made to make room for newer programs and an Uncancelled Bubble Guppies.
  • Rusty Rivets had a sneak peek on digital platforms in June 2016, and was slated to premiere on August 22, but was pulled due to Arc Productions, who animated the show, going bankrupt. All traces of it were scrubbed from the Nick Jr. website until it officially premiered on November 8, 2016. The rest of the series is animated by Jam Filled Toronto.
    • The show proved to be a hit and Nickelodeon pushed it as hard as they could, with rampant promotion, a second season renewal, and merchandise. But it wasn't as successful as fellow Spin Master show PAW Patrol. It was later shoved to the Nick Jr. sub-network, which is pretty much always a death sentence for a show. The show ended in May 2020 with little fanfare.
  • Top Wing was touted as the next PAW Patrol, but when it failed to meet network rating expectations, it was dumped on the Nick Jr. side channel in September 2019, quietly ending after 2 seasons in July 2020.
  • Zoofari was pulled from the schedule of the main Nickelodeon channel after three days due to poor ratings. It only briefly aired reruns on the Nick Jr. channel.
  • In January of 2018, PAW Patrol reruns got removed from the Nick Jr. channel on Monday-Thursday, only airing twice a day on 9:00pm in an hour-long block, which is when most of the target audience is already in bed. It briefly disappeared for two months starting in March before coming back at 10:00pm in May. In August, the problem was fixed with the show getting four time slots at reasonable hours on those days.
  • Rainbow Rangers was supposed to air on Nickelodeon and have a live screening of its premiere in Times Square, but six months before premiering, it was announced to air on the Nick Jr. channel. In addition, Genius Brands hyped it up to be the next hit series by announcing a lot of merchandise tie-ins, associating it with the Disney movies that some of the staff members worked on, and the show's diversity. Due to Nickelodeon choosing not to advertise it on TV or online in favor of the in-house Butterbean's Cafe, which aired on the main Nick channel, Rangers ended up flying under the radar and would later be moved to late-night timeslots that winter, with the slots the show had being given to Dora the Explorer and Sunny Day.
    • In the fall of 2019, Butterbean's Cafe flopped, even when it was moved to the Nick Jr. channel and to promote the new merchandise line for the show. Re-runs of Rainbow Rangers were added in three of the slots Butterbean once held note .
  • Nick Jr.'s broadcast of Canadian import Dino Dan in America was erratic, to say the least. The network would often hold off from airing the show for months or even a year. After losing the rights to the series, producer Sinking Ship Entertainment took it (along with spin-off Dino Dana) to Amazon, and Universal Kids acquired broadcast rights.
    • Luckily, after reruns of Abby Hatcher failed for the network when it was moved from the main Nickelodeon channel, this show, along with Hey Duggee and Max and Ruby, got sent to replace a few of its' timeslots in February 2020, with Corn and Peg airing at 1:30PM every weekday.
  • Ryan's Mystery Playdate got this treatment after The Adventures of Paddington premiered. The show disappeared from the Nickelodeon channel entirely, only showing up for premieres. It also got reduced to a single airing a day on the Nick Jr. channel, with its' slots being replaced by PAW Patrol and Max and Ruby.
  • When Butterbean's Cafe first aired, it was the highest-rated preschool premiere on Nick in 5 years (due to premiering after a Paw Patrol special, which was the highest-rated airing on Nick of 2018) and it was treated well by Nick for several months. However, the ratings started dropping and by fall 2019, it was already sent to the Nick Jr. channel. On August 17, 2020, it finally returned to the weekday afternoon hours.
  • Premieres of The Adventures of Paddington moved to Nick Jr. after a few months (it only aired on Nick 55 times). Even on Nick Jr, most of its slots has been preempted in favor of fellow British cartoon Peppa Pig.
  • A new show, Made by Maddie, was doomed from the start, only airing on the Nick Jr. channel. When it was first announced as Fashion Ally at Nick's 2018 upfront, the show was given a 40-episode order. But when the show got renamed, the press release said it would only have 22 episodes. Sadly, the show ended up being Overshadowed by Controversy and was pulled nearly a week before it was set to air, with its premiere being pre-empted with a rerun of Bubble Guppies.
  • During the rebrand of the channel in 2012, if a show wasn't named Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Team Umizoomi or Bubble Guppies (with the exception of Mike the Knight), it was put into a late night timeslot. For instance, Yo Gabba Gabba! only aired at midnight.
  • By the end of 2020, Butterbean, Abby Hatcher and Paddington joined Corn & Peg as those who have not been renewed for new seasons since being banished to the 24/7 channel, with no announcement on whether it even was renewed or cancelled. It seems this has happened to any show that gets the Channel Hop.
  • Kinderwood was in development for years, and it premiered with no warning on Nickelodeon on December 3, 2020. There were no articles promoting the show until the last minute, and the show will later be dumped on the Noggin app.
  • Throughout 2020, all shows aired as part of "Girls Rule Sundays" went on indefinite hiatus as of their current seasons, with no answer whether or not the shows were renewed for another season, possibly due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in production being impacted. This will probably happen to Abby Hatcher as well, despite being part of Spin Master and having toys issued exclusively online, even its own channel on YouTube.

    Imports and acquired programming 
  • Unlike Nickelodeon UK, which still airs the show twice daily, Nickelodeon US had many hiatuses for Winx Club. Despite being the first country to premiere season 5, America was among the last to finish. Season 6 took over a year after most of the international Nick feeds had already finished it. Season 7 was aired much more consistently, but the show was moved to the Nick Jr. channel, which was understandable as the show itself had become more preschool-targeted by then. Even though series creator Iginio Straffi likes working with Nick and credits them with keeping the series alive, some fans, mainly those who grew up with it disagree and view Nick as a Scapegoat Creator.
  • Thomas & Friends was advertised a lot when it officially came to the network in March and got ratings on par with PAW Patrol, but after a few weeks, it was pulled from reruns on Nickelodeon. Unfortunately, during July 23-27, the premieres of Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, "A Most Singular Engine", "Philip's Number", "Very Important Sheep", and "Mucking About" were all moved to the Nick Jr. channel.
    • In December 2019, all traces of it were scrubbed from the Nick Jr. site and the series was removed the following month. Mattel then announced in February that the series would be moving exclusively to Netflix US in March.
  • Peppa Pig was initially treated like this. After being pelted by Malaysian parents and educators over the channel not airing it, Nick complied. Except that they chose to purposely screw the show over by putting it on at a time where the target demographics were in kindergarten and preschool, and only on weekdays with absolutely zero repeats. Adding further insult, the show only aired on Nickelodeon instead of the Nick Jr. channel. The show was swiftly cancelled over the "low ratings" excuse once it ended its initial run.
  • Papa Beaver's Storytime was removed from Nick Jr. in 1997 and moved to Playhouse Disney. It was replaced with The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss and Rupert.
  • The Muppet Show had its weeknight airing removed in October 1994 and was limited to being shown in the Nick Jr. block until March 1996, when the show last aired.
  • The Brothers Flub was shown on mostly Sunday afternoons for a season, and hardly got any reruns. It was cancelled in the blink of an eye and quickly forgotten.
  • Nickelodeon has been erasing Pelswick and his show out of their history. They don't even want to talk about Pelswick anymore. This could be due to the show getting Screwed by the Lawyers: as soon as Nickelodeon lost the syndication rights to the show, everything went back to Nelvana and Nick couldn't do anything with the show anymore.
  • Rocket Monkeys was aired weekdays at 1:30 PM. Nick Jr. would usually still be on for another 30 minutes and the big kids would still be at school at that time. Nick did nothing else with the show and quickly pulled it. The first season's last few episodes, as well as the entire second and third seasons, weren't aired in the US until KidsClick got the rights to show them.
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches is an unfortunate case. Despite getting little promotion on Nickelodeon, it did well on the 3:30 PM slot on weekdays before most kids got home from school, and was primed to push from the original "airing only because we have to" status (Viacom bought the worldwide rights but had to air the season at least once in the US despite the show not doing well on Fox Family in 1999) to "airing because it's getting good ratings" and into a post-afterschool spot. However, that all came to an end with the broadcast of the episode "(Un)Happy Camper," which featured a particular scene containing a background picture of a topless, large-breasted woman at the beach (complete with cartoonishly oversized nipples). Once TMZ caught it creeping through the censors, parents (about 99% who hadn't even watched the only airing and mainly sent a copy-and-paste boilerplate complaint letter from a parent's group; remember, this all happened after it aired and TMZ posted about it) barraged the network with complaints and angry letters, and the episode wouldn't air again and was removed from the website. Nick quickly capitulated, and the show was pulled from Nick the moment the season's last episode was aired, being quickly forgotten in favor of other shows (often the usual afternoon wallpaper that was SpongeBob SquarePants reruns). After only one month, Nicktoons pulled reruns of Oggy to wash their hands of it completely. The producers (who faced no backlash in France at all for the scene) quickly replaced the image in future airings worldwide with a beach scene (and probably had a stern meeting with the background artist), which would have likely been a more appropriate way for Nickelodeon to react.
    • In Asia, the case was different. See, thanks to meddling from Malaysian satellite provider Astro, Oggy was already airing on Cartoon Network years before. Astro then somehow meddled with Disney Channel to air the show as well, resulting in two different networks carrying the show and backlash forming among the channels' older demographics, who see the show as lowbrow entertainment for simpletons (for some reason, Astro's meddling not only applied to the Malaysian feed but Southeast Asia-wide). When it was announced that Nick will become the third network to air the show (alongside CN and Disney to boot), backlash reached critical mass. Many Asian viewers, especially the aforementioned fans who don't like Oggy, would rather that Nick not air the show. Nick wisely stopped promoting it and started promoting ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks instead.
  • Miraculous Ladybug became the new darling when it premiered in 2015 to good ratings. In late February of 2016, the show was moved to 6 PM with Invisible Advertising. Nick tried again that summer, by adding new import Regal Academy and creating a block around both shows. It had some advertising at first, but when Power Rangers came back later that August, Nick gave all of the Saturday morning promotions to Rangers leaving the Miraculous / Regal Academy block with very little adverts left, only for them to disappear later in September. Once Nick finished Miraculous, it was booted to Nicktoons and had rare airings before Nick lost the rights. According to tweets by series creator Thomas Astruc, Netflix's newly acquired U.S streaming rights for three seasons of Miraculous means new episodes will now premiere on the streaming giant instead; in mid-2018, reruns also began airing on Disney Channel.
    • Regal Academy did get some reruns after it finished its first season, but was pulled that summer. It did get a second season, which was aired on Nick Jr. Nick Jr. themselves removed it after they finished the second season.
  • Rabbids Invasion: Nick rarely aired reruns after premiering new episodes of the show and only advertised a few episodes of the first season. After the Season 1 finale aired in December 2014, no new episodes aired until six months later. They didn't bother to stick with this acquisition for its entire run, eventually moving it to Nicktoons and shipping the fourth season to Netflix.
  • Mysticons was doomed from the beginning, since the series was originally going to be aimed at boys, but the demographic was changed to girls because of executives' interest in the female market. From the start, it was announced that the main channel would air new episodes on Sundays, and only have reruns on Nicktoons. In January of 2018, Mysticons aired new episodes on Saturday mornings at 8 am on Nicktoons before going on hiatus from late February to late April. From that point, Nicktoons burned off the remaining episodes (with no reruns) until the series ended in September.
  • Kuu Kuu Harajuku got the same treatment as The Loud House and ALVINNN!!!, but was aired an hour before the two, meaning that nobody would even see it. After one week, Nick announced that the show would air on Saturdays, joining Miraculous and Regal Academy, but then after that the show moved to Nick Jr., airing new episodes Fridays at 7:30 PM beginning in April 2017. It got removed in February 2018.
  • ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks got hit rather harshly: Midway through the second season in November 2016, Nick suddenly pulled the series from its regular timeslot and replaced it with reruns of The Loud House, with the only reruns being at 6 and 6:30 AM on weekends. Nick was getting rid of all their other imports at the same time. Then erratic schedules kicked in. It was booted to the Nick Jr. channel, where it stayed for some time before eventually returning to the base channel.
  • The American premiere of Get Blake! was delayed for a full year after it premiered in Australia and was dumped to Nicktoons, which not a lot of people have. Nicktoons itself screwed it over by shoving the series on a block of "daily Nicktoons premieres" of other series and giving it little promotion. Nicktoons did give the show another chance in September of that year, but it didn't last long. After 2016, the show disappeared from the network entirely, with no reason given for its removal.
  • At first, Nicktoons aired 2 episodes of the second Yu-Gi-Oh! anime every night at 8:00 pm from Monday to Friday. Then it was moved to 3 episodes on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00, while the reruns were in the middle of a filler arc. Finally, the reruns got moved AGAIN to 2 episodes every Saturday night at 6:00 PM, until it disappeared from that time slot and hasn't been seen since.
  • It took Nicktoons two years to finish the run of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, with premieres often being delayed or outright pulled from the schedule with little-to-no advance warning and the entire second season being skipped.
  • Nickelodeon never finished airing all 99 episodes of Animaniacs. The show was also heavily edited, with the intro being shortened and altered (and the Couch Gag changing to simply having Dot say "Nickel-aney" in every episode), random scenes removed for time, and references to other networks excised. After only three months on the air, it was moved from its 5:30 PM timeslot to a 6:00 AM weekend timeslot to make room for reruns of CatDog. It was later moved to Nicktoons Network a year after it launched, airing until August 2005.
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation was canceled by TeenNick in 2015, and while it did get a great send-off, it was canceled very abruptly (as executive producer Stephen Stohn detailed in his book), leaving Epitome scrambling to find a home, which ended up being Netflix, but that didn't end up much better (see the Live-Action TV page for details).
  • Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty was doomed to fail, as when the show was first announced many Unikitty! fans quickly called the show a rip-off. After the sneak peek premiere aired on Nickelodeon, the show would automatically be passed down to Nicktoons, with new episodes premiering at 9 PM, causing its ratings to plummet hard. Nick gave it another chance as it was actually added back to the main channel and was somewhat adored for a couple of months. This didn't last long; it was shafted to Nicktoons once again after the 15th episode (giving RBUK the honor of being one of the few shows to be shafted to Nicktoons twice). Back there, it was only mentioned by its initials, the show's theme song was cut from airings and its segments now aired separately (excluding the last two episodes). By the time the season finale had aired, it disappeared from the network completely a week or two later; its timeslots were preempted with reruns of Sanjay and Craig (and later It's Pony), with no announcement of a second season. However, Nick still airs it internationally (except in the UK, Spain, and Portugal).
  • After realizing there were unaired episodes of Teletubbies (2015) in their library, the Nick Jr. channel re-added the show back to their schedule in September 2018 at 8:00 AM... before pulling it for Team Umizoomi re-runs after two weeks and dumping those episodes of the series to the Teletubbies YouTube channel.
  • Corn & Peg was heavily hyped up for the month leading into its premiere, with a marathon and new episode of PAW Patrol being used as a lead-in. Despite this, the show had horrific ratings and was pulled after two weeks to make room for more PAW Patrol, causing all premieres after "Snowstorm; Clarissa's Jacket", as well as reruns, which aired in the 6:30AM to 7:30AM timeslot, to be moved to the Nick Jr. channel. The reruns then got pulled after a few weeks because they also got poor ratings. The show now only airs on the channel for new episodes. As of now, no third season has been announced, with the finale airing October 8, 2020.
  • While Ollie's Pack got a decent start with new episodes airing on weekday afternoons at 4:00pm for a few months, reruns were sparse, only airing when there was a week of new episodes. After airing most of the series in a bomb format throughout the summer months, Nick eventually started to give up on it. The show had a Halloween episode air on a Saturday afternoon in October and a planned week of premieres in December was pulled halfway through due to abysmal ratings. In May 2021, the show eventually got shafted to Nicktoons to air its final episodes. The kicker? They all aired at 3:30am, when no kids are watching, and were placed in the middle of the channel's all-night SpongeBob SquarePants marathons.
    Puppet Shows 
  • Nickelodeon barely advertised The Upside Down Show and rushed to air all of its episodes on Noggin, with very rare reruns afterward. In 2007, the Umbilical Brothers announced on their website that the show had been cancelled after just one season.
  • After the third season of Oobi wrapped in February 2005, most parents expected new episodes to return in the fall—just like what happened after the second season finished in 2004. The next year came and went with no word on another season renewal. In 2007, Noggin ended its relationship with Sesame Workshop and pulled the plug on nearly every one of its Muppet-related programs. The Oobi shorts—which the Workshop had co-produced—no longer aired, and programs like Play With Me Sesame switched channels. This effectively eliminated any chance of Oobi being renewed, although reruns of the full-length episodes remained for a few years.
  • Allegra's Window was cancelled after three seasons due to Disney buying Jumbo Pictures.
  • Yo Gabba Gabba! gained a Periphery Hatedom while it was still running; it was cancelled in 2015 after four seasons.
  • Blue's Room, a spin-off of Blue's Clues, only lasted 17 episodes, rarely had reruns, and was pulled from the network after its final episode aired.


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