Universal Kids on NBC is an American children's programming block that has aired on NBC since July 7, 2012 and was known as NBC Kids until September 2020. Telemundo also airs a version of the block under "MiTelemundo" brand, which is aired same as the main program, featuring a separate lineup of Spanish-dubbed programs from July 7, 2012. Universal Kids on NBC, which replaced the Qubo block (as a result of NBCUniversal dropping out of the joint venture, which also included Ion Media Networks), is programmed by the Universal Kids cable network, as they are both targeted at children ages 2 to 12.

The three-hour block features educational entertainment series for younger and older children. All Universal Kids on NBC programs feature Descriptive Video Service on the second audio program channel for the visually impaired, with access depending on the local NBC affiliate.

History Edit

On March 28, 2012, NBC announced that the three-hour children's programming time period allocated by the network on Saturday mornings would be taken over by Sprout (which had become a sister television property to NBC following parent company NBCUniversal's 2010 majority purchase by Comcast; NBC later took full ownership of the network, whose owners previously included Sesame Workshop and HIT Entertainment) and launch a new Saturday morning block called NBC Kids, which is aimed at preschoolers and grade school-aged children ages 2 to 6.[6][7] Sprout also produced a Spanish-language sister block for Telemundo known as MiTelemundo.

NBC Kids debuted on July 7, 2012, one week after the Qubo block ended its run on both NBC and Telemundo on June 30 (leaving Ion Television as the only network to retain a Qubo-branded children's block, as Ion Media Networks is now sole owner of the Qubo properties including the flagship Qubo Channel television service).

On February 22, 2020, NBCUniversal announced that NBC Kids would be discontinued and succeeded on October 3, 2020 by Universal Kids on NBC, a block produced in collaboration with Universal Kids, making it the first NBC Saturday morning block in years to be targeted towards preschoolers and older children. This new block features the arrival of selected new shows of which originally broadcasts on Universal Kids.

Programming Edit

NBC Kids Edit

Title Premiere date (NBC) End date (NBC) Premiere date (Telemundo) End date (Telemundo)
Noodle and Doodle July 7, 2012 September 23, 2017 December 8, 2012 December 30, 2017
Pajanimals January 26, 2014
Poppy Cat June 1, 2013
October 4, 2014 September 27, 2015
Justin Time July 7, 2012 September 28, 2014
LazyTown March 27, 2016 December 8, 2012 September 24, 2016
The Wiggles February 2, 2013
The Chica Show February 2, 2013 September 23, 2017
Tree Fu Tom June 8, 2013 January 2, 2016
Make Way for Noddy October 12, 2013 March 30, 2014
Zou April 5, 2014 September 28, 2014
Astroblast! October 4, 2014 July 10, 2016
Earth to Luna! April 4, 2015 January 31, 2016
Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave July 4, 2015 September 23, 2017
Clangers October 3, 2015 March 27, 2016
Nina's World January 2, 2016 September 23, 2017
Floogals February 6, 2016
Terrific Trucks July 16, 2016
All Hail King Julien September 30, 2017
Dreamworks Dragons
The Ollie & Moon Show

MiTelemundo Edit

Title Premiere date End date
Raggs December 8, 2012 September 23, 2017
Jay Jay the Jet Plane December 8, 2013
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