Ratings: Teen Beach Movie Makes Big Splash

Ratings Teen Beach MovieCowabunga! The premiere of Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie on Friday night amassed 8.4 million total viewers, making it the cabler’s most watched original movie in more than four years.

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Among the key kid demos (ages 2-11, 6-11 and 9-14), the telepic drew Disney Channel’s best numbers in almost six years and stands as this year’s No. 1 cable telecast in all three measures.

And while High School Musical 2 still easily holds the record of Disney Channel’s most watched original movie ever (with an audience of more than 17 million), Teen Beach Movie bested the first HSM (7.7 mil). On the all-time audience charts, Teen Beach claims the No. 5 spot (out of 91 Disney Channel movies to date).

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Leading out of that, a first look at the new series Liv and Maddie held onto 5.8 million viewers, the strongest Disney Channel debut in two-and-a-half years (since Shake It Up!). The twin (yet different!) sisters comedy makes its regular time slot premiere on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 8/7c.