‘Girl Meets World’ Premiere Draws 5.2 Million Viewers on Disney Channel

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It’s the top TV series debut this year for a show targeting the kids and tweens demographic

“Girl Meets World,” the Disney Channel’s sequel series to ’90s sitcom “Boy Meets World,” debuted Friday to 5.2 million total viewers.

The series launch is the biggest of 2014 among demographics including kids 2-11 (2.3 million/5.7 rating), kids 6-11 (1.8 million/7.7 rating) and tweens 9-14 (1.7 million/6.9 rating).

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“Girl Meets World” — which stars original cast members Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel as parents to a new curious, young protagonist played by Rowan Blanchard —  also set viewing records on the WATCH Disney Channel app and iTunes after being released on the platforms last Monday.

According to Disney, the new comedy series is pacing to be the most-viewed series ever on the app, while it is the most downloaded Disney Channel series preview to date on iTunes.

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The highly anticipated series premiere followed the debut of Disney Channel original movie “Zapped,” which attracted 5.7 million total viewers in the 8 p.m. time slot.

“Zapped,” starring Disney Channel and Disney XD favorites Zendaya and Spencer Boldman, ranked as the no. 1 cable TV telecast of the year, so far, among kids 2-11 (2.9 million/7.3 rating), Kids 6-11 (2.3 million/9.6 rating) and tweens 9-14 (2.1 million/8.7 rating).

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The movie also delivered nearly 1.3 million adults in the 18-49 demographic.