Every single kid on Earth watched Disney's High School Musical 2 last Friday. Well, almost.
The Disney Channel had no problems touting the ratings for the second film in the gargantuan youth-oriented franchise late Monday, offering a wealth of statistics in a statement.
The broadcast logged 17.2 million viewers, making it the highest-rated cable telecast ever, according to statistics from Nielsen Media Research. Broken down by demographics, the made-for-television movie is now on record as the "most-watched TV telecast" by kids ages 6-11 and the number one "entertainment telecast of all time" (excludes events such as the Super Bowl and other sporting events) for kids age 9-14. The original Disney's High School Musical, which aired in January 2006, netted 7.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
Disney also claims two-thirds of the TV-watching portion of the aforementioned age groups tuned in, besting other record-setting shows like Survivor and American Idol.
The record-setting broadcast helped give Disney an easy ratings win on Friday, which also saw the cable network show a sneak preview of Phineas and Ferb and an all-new Hannah Montana. The kid's channel even dominated major networks, tripling the ratings of its nearest competitor (CBS).
With an average of 14 million viewers on Friday, Disney had the largest primetime audience for a summer night ever, excluding sports and Olympics broadcasts.