Nickelodeon, a.k.a Nick is an American basic cable and satellite television network that is operated by the MTV Networks Kids & Family Group unit of Viacom. Aimed mainly at pre-teens and teenagers 11–16 years of age and its preschooler-targeted shows aimed at children 2–6, it broadcasts on Sundays from 6 a.m.- 8 p.m., Monday-Thursdays from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific Time). It is the only network that airs the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 TV Series). On October 21, 2009, a press release was made indicating that Viacom had bought the complete rights of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise from Peter Laird for $60 million, and would be developing a CGI animated TV series for its Nickelodeon family of channels for broadcast in 2012. A feature film, to be released by Paramount Pictures (also a division of Viacom), is slated for 2014. On October 2, 2012, Nickelodeon ordered a second season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a third season on February 26, 2013.
Nickelodeon's history dates back to December 1, 1977, when Warner Cable Communications launched the first two-way interactive cable system, QUBE, in Columbus, Ohio. Its C-3 cable channel carried Pinwheel daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Nickelodeon launched on April 1, 1979, initially distributed to Warner Cable systems via satellite on the RCA Satcom-1 transponder.
Nickelodeon has had multiple cartoons and characters getting nominated for the Kids Choice Awards, especially the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.