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  • Animation Age Ghetto:
    • Nickelodeon has been severely accused of this in recent years. The general problem goes like this: Nickelodeon has stated several times that they seek to appeal to a 6-11 demographic in everything they do. The issue is that they basically ignore everyone else, producing shows like Fanboy and Chum Chum, Sanjay and Craig, and Breadwinners, which appeal to their target audience, but are divisive at best to everyone else. It also didn't help that for a time, they seemed to completely forget to acknowledge their older fans and shows, instead trying to push forward their new shows.
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    • Thankfully, things have slowly improved since then, with Nick focusing a lot more on their retro fans, with the launch of The 90s Are All That and NickSplat (originally called The Splat) on TeenNick. Two of their newer shows (Harvey Beaks and The Loud House) also managed to capture that classic Nicktoon feel and gained noticeable Periphery Demographics while still being something for the same demographic to enjoy.
  • Broken Base: Nickelodeon fans tend to disagree on many things.
    • In particular, the shows from their Dork Age from 2009-2014 (barring The Legend of Korra and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)). Was it the network's absolute lowest point, or did it have a few hidden gems?
    • Late into The New '10s, Nickelodeon announced many reboots and revivals of their classic shows from the 90's. While some were glad that Nick was remembering their roots and acknowledging their Periphery Demographic (especially after seemingly ignoring both for quite some time), others felt that Nick was Pandering to the Base and relying too heavily on nostalgia and past successes instead of trying something new.
  • Dork Age:
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    • The animation community believes the channel had one starting in the late-2000s, lasting until the mid-2010s. The main criticism was that Nickelodeon had an over-reliance on SpongeBobnote  and its Kidcoms at the expense of other shows. With only a few shows having gained large fanbases during this period, Nickelodeon was generally considered to be the Black Sheep of the big three, lacking a show aside from SB that was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. Opinion soured further after the poor treatment The Legend of Korra got, ranging from scheduling issues to budget cuts forcing a Clip Show, to getting booted to online only, due to low ratings in turn caused by the former examples, plus leaks in foreign markets, meaning yes, Executive Meddling on an international level.
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    • Not helping matters is that Viacom itself entered a Dork Age not long after being split from CBS by parent company National Amusementsnote , prompting several smaller cable companies like Cable One and Suddenlink to cut all of Viacom's channels, which was also a boon to Sprout, since it allowed the network usually found only on more expensive tiers to sneak onto basic cable in a few decently-sized markets. Thankfully, things seem to be improving. See Win Back the Crowd below.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • The Nickelodeon fandom can often have this with the Cartoon Network fandom, as they both tend to argue over which channel is better.
    • To a lesser extent, the Nickelodeon fandom can also have a rivalry with the Disney Channel and Disney XD fandoms. Mostly over who has the better live action content.
  • Friendly Fandoms: The Nickelodeon fandom tends to get along with the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom, as the latter is filled with many people that grew up with Nickelodeon in the 90's and the 2000's.
  • Growing the Beard:
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Ever since iCarly and Victorious went off the air, the network's Periphery Demographic, are, for the most part, only interested in the network's animated programming. Other just only watch the channel for SpongeBob reruns now, which is no surprise that it gets most of the ratings if you compare it to other shows. People will change the channel as soon as SpongeBob is over.
  • Misblamed: SpongeBob is often blamed by some older viewers of the network, claiming that it ruined Nickelodeon due to its success and ridiculous premise. Since it became more mainstream and Cyma Zarghami took over as President (until 2018), whenever a show (especially a Nicktoons) gets cancelled, people will usually take it out on the sponge, while in reality it's the executives' fault for caring too much about ratings in order to keep a show alive.
  • Periphery Demographic: A rather obvious instance. Despite being branded a network for kids and tweens, the channel and its most popular animated shows has garnered a large and quite loyal following from teens and adults.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Cyma Zarghami, the network’s fourth president from 2006-2018, tends to get the most blame for Nickelodeon’s Network Decay. Since it was during her tenure that SpongeBob was over-aired, new NickToons became less original and had shorter runs, and the network struggled more in appealing to new generations of kids, she eventually became one of the most hated presidents in cable TV history.
  • Snark Bait:
    • In general, Nick has always been the target of scorn by many animation fans thanks to the nonstop bad decisions they've made over the years, such as changing a logo because it didn't suit well on a business card, passing on Adventure Time (which aired on CN instead), constantly moving a cartoon to Nicktoons if ratings are not as great as SpongeBob's (Korra moving to online was one of the lowest points), and more. Because of all the damage Nick has done, people don't seem to be excited for most of the upcoming Nicktoons these days since they know they can't trust Nick by keeping it alive if the ratings are decent.
    • Became this in June of 2019 due to the following reasons:
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Some people feel this way towards the changes that have happened to the network over the years. Their most notable example came in 2009, when they changed their iconic "Splat" logo to a more generic one.note 
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: In the early 1980s, Nickelodeon aired The Third Eye in its regular weekday afternoon lineup. The show was an anthology series, like The Outer Limits or Inner Sanctum, that showcased four separate stories: Children of the Stone, Into the Labyrinth, The Haunting of Cassie Palmer, and Under the Mountain, all told in multi-part, episodic format. The fact that they had children play important roles in the stories led to their being shown on Nick, but the fact that the stories had very edgy content - Children of the Stone had a Wicker Man-esque vibe to it, while Under the Mountain would make Lovecraft proud - made the series a jarring addition to a lineup that included Mr. Wizard and You Can't Do That On Television.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Without even getting into some of the shows themselves, Nick's modern promos are notorious for using musical gimmicks like Auto-Tune and dubstep, pushing modernized lingo, and especially throwing memes around, regardless of whether or not they're discredited.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
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