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“Zapped,” “Girl Meets World” Deliver Big Ratings with Kids

“Girl Meets World” might have commanded more media attention, but it was movie “Zapped” that attracted the bigger audience for Disney Channel Friday.

Both broadcasts, however, were successful with youth demographics.

“Zapped,” which starred Zendaya and Spencer Boldman, attracted 5.7 million viewers for its premiere telecast Friday. Predictably young-skewing, it was the year’s top cable telecast in 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).

It drew 1.3 million viewers (1.0 rating) in the adults 18-49.

While Disney celebrated the film’s strong performance, it is worth noting that its viewership considerably trailed that of “Teen Beach Movie,” which drew 8.4 million viewers.

“Girl Meets World,” a continuation of the beloved “Boy Meets World” franchise, attracted 5.2 million viewers for its inaugural airing. It was the year’s best series launch in 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).

Lower in total viewership and youth demographics, “Girl” actually outdrew “Zapped” in adults 18-49. It garnered 1.6 million viewers (~1.3 rating) in that demo.

First released on the WATCH Disney app earlier this week, “Girl” is tracking to become the platform’s most viewed series broadcast ever.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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