High School Musical 2: Disney's Huge Viewership

August 18, 2007–Friday's premiere of Disney Channel's “High School Musical 2” brought in 17.24 million viewers, making it the most watched cable telecast ever, including sports telecasts.

“HSM2” tuner now ranks as the most-watched TV movie ever with kids 6-11, drawing 6.1 million viewers in that demo, and the most-watched ever with tweeners 9-14, drawing 5.9 million viewers in that demo, according to Disney Channel.

In total households, picture drew a massive 9.4 million cable homes, putting the telecast behind only a handful of sports and news telecasts in cable history in total households deliver. The high total viewer tally also indicates that pic was a family viewing event in most of those 9.4 million households.

Disney Channel followed “HSM2” with a sneak peek of the upcoming animated series “Phineas and Ferb,” which held a healthy 10.8 million viewers from its windfall lead-in.