Retrospect: RIP Cartoon Network Too: 24th April 2006 – 1st April 2014

Originally posted on ToonZone on 13th April 2014:

Cartoon Network Too Logo
Cartoon Network Too Logo

For those who don’t know, Cartoon Network Too was an additional Cartoon Network channel only available in the UK, Ireland and Malta, it closed down on 1st April 2014 being replaced with the resurrected CN +1 hour timeshift service. Here’s my post-mortem on the channel of why it closed down.

The channel primarily shows action cartoons, the purpose of the channel was to be action-orientated, of which according to BARB ratings on the main CN channel isn’t pulling in viewers, CN’s comedy shows are much more successful. It’s also important to point out not to underestimate the success of the Ben 10 franchise.

The purpose of CN Too is redundant, even though it mainly showed action programmes, it was also an overspill for Cartoon Network, which consequently dilutes the quality of the schedule. CN Too had a identity crisis, it may show action shows but it also sometimes broadcast shows that are slightly older and finished their run on the main CN channel, this is what Boomerang is supposed to be, but with a significant time gap.

The channel was performing weakly when compared to Boomerang, Boomerang usually has ratings on par or better than CN Too. CN Too ratings were weak despite its prominent position on Sky’s and Virgin Media’s EPG listings in the Kids section.

Timeshift viewing in the UK accounts up to 10% of TV viewing in the UK. The UK pretty much invented the concept of timeshift viewing (with exception to U.S. East and West Coast feeds for geographical purposes for example) and ironically Cartoon Network was one of the first channels to have such a service until CN Too was launched 8 years ago.

The newly appointed management is emphasizing and focusing on services that are convenient to the viewer, this also includes on-demand services and the timeshift service also provides another chance to watch shows an hour later, also there’s the Weekend Rewind feature on weekend mornings.

Gumball & Friends Marathon On Cartoon Network UK & Ireland

Cartoon Network UK & Ireland is having a The Amazing World of Gumball marathon, this weekend (both today and tomorrow), 2nd and 3rd August.

According to the press release, the marathon was going to be called “Educating Elmore”, which ran on Cartoon Network Africa.

Promo:

Clarence Confirmed For Cartoon Network RSEE In November

According to a Bulgarian website called cinefish.bg, Cartoon Network RSEE (Russia and Southeastern Europe, the version of CN that Bulgaria receives) will get Clarence in November.

Cartoon Network UK already confirmed that Clarence will air in late 2014 and according to a French website called Catsuka back in late March, it will air in September on CN France.

As Clarence is planned to air in November on CN RSEE and in September on CN France, it’s usually the case for new shows, that the other Western European feeds will get Clarence first, possibly a month before (possibly in September and October) the Central and Eastern European feeds will air it.

I will keep you posted when I recieve further information.

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Clarence

http://www.cinefish.bg/Cartoon-Network-se-zavrashta-kam-zabavnoto-s-oshte-ot-Vreme-za-priklyucheniya-Park-shou-Chicho-Dyadko-Stivan-Vselenski-i-Klarans-news12847.html

http://www.catsuka.com/news/2014-03-21/steven-universe-le-5-mai-sur-cartoon-network-france–plus-clarence-en-septembre-super-nanas-3d-le-19-avril-sur-boing