Anecdotally, most parents probably think that they know what the most popular kids’ shows are in the world. These are the shows that parents can’t get away from, shows that plague them in conversations with their children even when the shows aren’t on. But, the thing is, even if parents think they know what the most popular shows are right now, they might be surprised how the numbers actually shake out.
Unlike previous decades, the popularity of a show isn’t measured by TV ratings. One data-gathering group, Parrot Analytics, measures the popularity of a given show in average demand expressions per capita. This means their algorithm takes into account viewership, as well as social media engagement, too. In other words, Parrot has taken a look at the clicks, as well as the buzz to figure out which shows are truly the biggest.
Collecting all that data allowed them to recently publish a list of America’s most popular kid shows from most to least. And, their results — as of this spring — might surprise you.
1. Spongebob Squarepants
According to Parrot Analytics, the kids show most in demand right now is the near 20-year-old Nickelodeon cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. For the uninitiated, Spongebob Squarepants is about a sea sponge who works as a fry cook and whose unbridled enthusiasm for fun and joy turns his cynical neighbor Squidward’s life into a living hell.
You can watch Spongebob Squarepants on Amazon Prime here.
2. Star Wars Rebels
Set 14 years after Star Wars Episode III: Return of the Sith, Star Wars Rebels chronicles the years when the galactic empire’s stranglehold over the Star Wars universe was at its tightest and hope for the galaxy was at its lowest. The show’s 3D animation and character-driven storytelling is a welcomed addition to the saga set in a galaxy far, far away and has helped the franchise garner legions of new, younger fans.
You can watch Star Wars Rebels on Amazon for 2.99 an episode or 19.99 a season here.
3. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Two Parisian teenagers are gifted with powers by ancient creatures called Kwami, they don tights then fight crime under the names Ladybug and Cat Noir before falling in love without ever knowing each other’s real identities. The animation is fantastic, and anime fans will get a kick out of hearing some familiar voice actors.
You cat watch Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir on Netflix, here.
4. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
The pony Twilight Sparkle goes to Ponyville with her friends to learn more about the magic of friendship and the elements of Harmony and, in the process, create a fanbase of Bronies.
You can watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on Netflix here.
5. Star vs the Forces of Evil
Star Butterfly is a warrior princess from another dimension sent to high school on Earth to, you know, learn important lessons about friendship and responsibility while also blowing stuff up and wearing a cool headband with devil horns on it.
You can watch Star Vs the Forces of Evil on Hulu here.
6. Gravity Falls
Two twins, Dipper and Mabel Pines, spend the summer at their uncle’s shop in Gravity Falls, Oregon and very little time need to pass before they realize there are all kinds of supernatural shenanigans afoot.
You can watch Gravity Falls on Hulu here.
7. PAW Patrol
PAW Patrol is, well, it’s a show about a team of rescue dogs which, as it would have it, are called the PAW Patrol. They lend a hand throughout their town dealing with emergencies with the help of their human friend, Ryder who, as far we can tell, has no friends or family.
You can watch the latest episodes of PAW Patrol on Nick Jr’s website, here.
Despite being one of the oldest shows on this list, Parrot Analytics has Pokémon as the 8th most popular kids’ show. The show is set in a society where people live alongside superpowered creatures called pokémon. Though each different kind of pokémon has their own set of powers, they all also share the ability to say their own names over and over again.
9. The Amazing World of Gumball
The 9th most popular show is The Amazing World of Gumball, a Cartoon Network show about a 12-year-old cat who goes on adventures with his pet goldfish in the suburb of Elmore. As you’d expect from a Cartoon Network cartoon, the show is brimming with creativity and goofiness. Not to mention gorgeous art that mixes cartoons with realistic backdrops.
You can watch The Amazing World of Gumball on Hulu here.
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. Based on the TV show from the 80s and 90s, which in turn was based on a comic book, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the newest rendition of turtle warriors Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo. Expect lots of ass kicking and, of course, tons of pizza.
You can watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Hulu here.