Top Ten Worst Mistakes that Nickelodeon has ever Made

Nickelodeon might be a huge children's TV network but it is not perfect at all. I still love it.
The Top Ten
1 Rejecting Adventure Time

I wonder who was dumb enough to reject perhaps the most successful cartoon of the last 10 years and leave space for all the other abominations!
On the other side though, I'm glad it ended up on Cartoon Network, because I'm sure Nickelodeon would cancel it before they got the chance to make more episodes!

It still boggles my mind thinking that Adventure Time in some alternate universe could have been a Nicktoon. It's already pretty crazy looking at the Nicktoons logo in the bottom-left corner of the show's pilot. But in all seriousness, this was the worst decision that the network ever made. Passing up on Adventure Time and letting their chief rival Cartoon Network greenlight it legitimately set the studio back five years. Adventure Time was such an immediate success that brought Cartoon Network back to relevance after the infamous CN Real and export era in the late 2000s. Meanwhile, Nick had to come up with their own terrible programming and floundered as a result. Had Nickelodeon actually seen the potential in Pen Ward's short, the company would definitely be in a better position than they currently are today, even if they have been recovering in recent years. At no point in T.V. history can I name a more dramatic shift in network status than when Nickelodeon rejected one of the ...more

Why is everyone so upset about this? This isn't even completely true, as they wanted to greenlight both, but they could only greenlight one cartoon. Besides, this is far from the first time Nick has rejected a cartoon. Some other cartoons they've rejected are: Ed, Edd, n Eddy, Phineas and Ferb, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and The
Proud Family.

Nickelodeon would ruin adventure time though with Pizza and Butt Shaking without any arc. (I know adventure time does this, but it's actually funny because it is ironic)

2 Putting a huge emphasis on trashy sitcoms

Honestly, if it doesn't start with an S (SpongeBob/sitcoms) or it about a house with a bunch of kids, it's an automatic loss for Nick.

Rejecting Adventure Time was a big mistake, but it wouldn't have had a big effect say that Nickelodeon actually tried to get other good animated content, but instead they just went to trashy sitcoms. By far the worst acting I've ever seen, painfully unfunny comedy, and just terrible shows altogether. I'm glad shows like The Loud house and SpongeBob still do take the number one and two spots on the ratings though.

Nick is for toons not a sitcom with trashy plot or for very few that don't get ruined by the every 2 secs which also happens to the trashy the HAHAHAHAHA so funny or less because someone said hi, cheese, or bricks

Schneider's Bakery became a synonym of disposable entertainment. Other than Drake & Josh, and MAYBE, just maybe, iCarly as well; the rest were/are formulaic sitcoms that rely mainly on the incessant use of laugh tracks even for the stupidest jokes. Good thing Dan Schneider and Nickelodeon decided to part ways.

3 Airing Nick Studio 10

Unecessary interuptions in every single show. When I first saw this, I pissed myself.

This ha to be the worst programming block of all time, interrupting their own shows with random things, but they will cut back to what your watching, but the portion they played over, so you missed part of what your watching universally Nick Studio 10 was hated and lasted about a week disappeared and was brought back without interruptions and gone again the sad part about this is that they were trying to start a stir up a rivalry with Cartoon Network's Incredible Crew.

4 Over saturating franchises

I think that Nickelodeon should've been ok with Hillenburg leaving the show and canceling it, and a revival would premiere in 2015 when the show started getting good again, instead of keeping Spongebob on the year for 10 years (10, YEARS! ) of extremely low ratings!

Check your T.V. guide on Nick and Tell me how many times The Loud House comes on, I'm not hating on the show I love it, but jeez I need some variety.

At first the Loud House was really good. In the later seasons, it just got complicated. When the sisters got crushes and Ronny Ann moved. It just got dumber from there.

It mostly started with Spongebob and now there doing the same with Loud House.

5 Cancelling good shows too soon

Dan Schneider had VERY good shows. But the last good show he ever had (aka that awesome show Victorious), didn't even have a proper closure. Like, I get that he was saying, "I think 4 seasons of Victorious is enough for a sitcom". Instead he had to leave room for all his crappy new shows, Sam & Cat (which sucks), Henry Danger (which sucks), Game Shakers (which he thought people would seriously enjoy just because "oh no, Kel Mitchel is on that show"), and the new All That is unwatchable.

Victorious didn't get a proper ending when it should of, SpongeBob is still a show, honestly they should of ended it when Stephen Hillenburg died, but they decided to continue without him and now the episodes are getting worse

Invader Zim, Catscratch, Taina, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, Rugrats, Rocket Power, Danny Phantom, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, The Penguins of Madagascar, House of Anubis, The Legend of Korra, Harvey Beaks, WITS Academy, 100 Things to Do Before High School.

They're cancelling their good shows too soon even at the most unnecessary times, which shows us they're replacing them with garbage shows like Henry Danger, Game Shakers, Knight Squad, The Adventures of Kid Danger, which shows us they and Viacom are greedy these days, and not to forget they once hired Cyma Zarghami as president, which just ruined the whole network and it's love.

Nickelodeon has been losing viewers since the sudden cancellations of good shows.

The Loud House was the 1st good Nickelodeon show in years, but the original creator got fired, so now it' going downhill, so all that's left is SpongeBob SquarePants, which has gone bad after the 1st movie but better after the ...more

Nickelodeon canceled 100 Things To Do Before High School, The Penguins Of Madagascar, BTR, Icarly, Victorious..., and replaced them with Henry Danger, Game Shakers, Nicky Ricky Dicky & Dawn and The Thundermans, possibly the worst shows ever. Nickelodeon is declining.

6 Airing Non-Stop Spongebob

Honestly, I love this show so much and all but even as a fan of SB, I tend to find it pretty boring seeing it air from 9AM to 8PM at night nowadays. Like, don't y'all have other good shows to air? Oh wait, they don't.
But on the other hand, I'd rather watch SpongeBob 24/7 on Nick than see one more episode of Kamp Koral or The Patrick Star show, because I had just about had ENOUGH.

Literally TODAY, I looked at one of Nick's sister channels, Nick2, and I finally realized that Spongebob is literally the only thing airing on the channel. They could have aired some of their most classic cartoons like Hey Arnold, Rocko's Modern life and Rugrats so our new audience can enjoy them (especially since Teennick's NickRewind only Aires at night) but no. I've finally realized that the only thing that has ever aired on the channel, is Spongebob. I wished I was a kid in the 90s

95% SB 99.9% of the SB being the bad episodes 3% Loud house 98% of Loud house being the bad episodes 1% Sitcoms that have dumb jokes 0.5% Bad Cartoons 0.4% Nick Jr 100% of Nick Jr. Being Paw Patrol 0.1% Good Cartoons

After all, it's the #1 reason Nickelodeon's still making money, and if it's cancelled, they'll go broke and outta business.
It went downhill after the 1st movie because the original writers, including Stephen Hillenburg, retired, though during the 2nd movie, Stephen returned and the show got better, but since he was diagnosed with ALS recently and died of it in November 27, 2018, so this show is headed to its end and Nickelodeon's out of business.

7 Closing Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando

Universal was under a huge rebrand at the time, and they wanted The Blue Man Group, so they closed it, now that the Blue Man Group has moved out of Universal, it should come back.

It was so cool to have a Nickelodeon experience in the eastern part of the US. People living on the east didn't have to fly all the way to California to see shows being taped. It was such a very immersive experience. Getting to tour the facilities and look down on production happening in the sound stages below (back then Nick shows were worth watching and a lot of creativity
were put into them). Then at the end, GAME LAB! Get to watch some lucky kid get slimed . Being able to actually watch your favorite Nick shows like Double Dare, Guts, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Clarissa Explains it All,etc. actually being taped (maybe even being part of the studio audience) is a really cool experience in and of itself. But then a little over 20 years ago, When Herb Scannel took the reins, the quality of the network's output began to gradually decline, with the focus being more on animation and the live action output transitioning to closed set sitcoms, thus moving production to California. ...more

Ok that post I did on who cares. It would've been cool to go on holiday to America and go to Orlando with the Nickelodeon Studios before it closed in 2005.

This is not a great idea. The Game Shows for kids that were filmed there were great!

8 Lack of Nick DVDs

They used to be juggernauts with those releases (remember The First 100 Episodes of SpongeBob?) now the DVD's have very little love put in at all, I mean, compare the Season 1 SpongeBob DVD's menus with Season 10's DVD menus.

Nah there are a ton of Nick DVDs, thank Shout Factory for that.

Yes, It is such a pain to find Nickelodeons classic shows, outside of Ren and Stimpy most don't have a dvd release

Yeah actually most of the cartoons can be found. Rocko, Doug,rugrats,ahhreal monsters and hey Arnold I think

9 Too Much Jojo Siwa

So as if Nickelodeon wasn't already trash enough, they had to put HER on the channel thus making it even more cringe than it already was.
First of all, she's always screaming when she talks, like what is her deal? Is she on drugs or something?
Secondly, she's so childish which makes me dislike her even more. Her car literally has rainbows, unicorns, bows, the nickelodeon logo, sparkles, honest to God right now, she's so childish! And to be honest, if I were Justin Bieber I would've insulted it too.

Why is this girl so cringy and annoying. WHY? She's literally 17, but she acts like she's a 4 year old. Just look at her car! It has a glittery background, bows, unicorns, her literal face on it, stars and the Nickelodeon logo on it. What's wrong with her? It looks like something a girl would drive at age 6. I know 6-year olds can't drive cars, but it's true. She needs to stop acting so cringy and immature. This is why Abby Lee Miller said that she acts like a 5-year old. Because it's true.

UGH! I want to scream whenever this girl comes on! I wish she would stop being so LOUD! Girl, use your normal voice! We can hear you just fine! And that glitter! Sheesh, you're 15! She once admitted that she dresses like a 12-year-old. I was offended because twelve-year-olds are way more mature than she'll ever be! They don't dress like THAT! I wish I could rip my ears out whenever I wanted to. I'd probably do that whenever JoJo comes on T.V. again.

Now Jojo is not a bad person, and I know Nickelodeon is only giving her a show to get more girls to tune in to their network, but holy crap has it gotten excessive!

10 Canceling Invader Zim too early

This was... Kind of a mistake. I say kind of because Invader Zim did not get good ratings when it first aired. It was too expensive to keep on the network, even when they tried to give it a small test revival on Nicktoons in around 2010. Granted, this show would go on to gain a massive following and be one of Nick's most beloved shows, bar none. Honestly I'd say that if not for Rugrats it'd be top two at this point, right behind SpongeBob. But, again, you have to keep in mind when this show came out and why it was cancelled. Invader Zim was ahead of its time. Too ahead of its time. I'm sure the show would thrive if it were aired now, considering the success of the comics and the upcoming movie, but 2002-2006 were not an apt time for it to be released.

Nick honestly doesn't like expensive "serious" shows, this is WHY they cancelled it, I mean, SpongeBob took a quarter of the budget and gave them thrice the ratings.

I do agree with some of the reasons with Nickelodeon's reasons, that let's face it, Zim is perhaps the king of being a dark kid's show, but that was really about it aside from money issues. This cartoon was awesome, and I love that Jhonen put in the Bloody GIR Easter Egg (for more of you veteran fans, which I'm assuming most of us are) to poke fun at Nickelodeon's asinine way of thinking. I did like the movie, as it kept the comedy and style to heart, but the show is better.

It wasn't a mistake. It was simply too much. They couldn't afford the T.V. show, and plus the rating weren't all that great.

The Contenders
11 Mistreating Korra

The Spin-off the Avatar: the Last Airbender a great but flawed show, was mistreated by the network, it broadcasted on Saturday mornings(when people are asleep), but soon Nickelodeon decided to move it around the schedule, spread the episodes to weeks apart, and Korra was underfunded so they they had to use a cheaper animation studio to save money, Nickelodeon made Korra a chore to keep up with, and that's probably why people don't think it lived up or didn't like it compared to Avatar: the last Airbender. It could have been Amazing.

I really liked the Korra's series, and it should had received a lot more recognition! I think it's a relly underrated show, unfortunately

Korra in the pic looks like she took care of Nickelodeon.

Agreed, series was treated like trash even though it was the sequel to the best animated series of all time

12 Giving Disney the rights to Doug

Despite the show doing well Nickelodeon decided to cancel it after just 4 season, but what they big mistake they made was selling the rights to the show to Disney, Disney made huge changes to the show including most voice actors, and ran the show for 3 seasons on ABC's Saturday mornings, fans hated the Disney version of the show, and blamed Nickelodeon for ruining it.

To be honest Doug wasn't really that good to begin with I actually liked Disney's version of Doug despite the changes they made.

So? Disney Channel was one of the most expensive channels. Hey Arnold was better.

How many fans are they are for Doug? Was it really a big loss to them?

13 Changing the logo

The logo change wasn't really that much of a problem. The problem was that they got rid of the splat for good, and replaced it with a generic text logo!
The splat logo represents what Nickelodeon once was; a channel that used to be king among others, a place where children could have fun! The text logo is just sterile and boring, especially for a cartoon channel!

TBH, the splat logo actually had some originality and creativity, cause it made it look like it was a place where kids could have fun. But the new logo just makes everything look boring and on top of that; BAD SHOWS.

@henry_danger_is_great, I respect your opinion, although the older logo had a more appeal to kids and it's more creative with it's personalities. The new logo pretty much just takes the whole meaning out of Nick

How come nickelodeon changed the good 1990s and 2000s logos? The old nick logos has so much creativity and nick replaced it with this logo that lacks creativity.

14 Canceling good shows and keep the bad ones

Invader Zim, Catscratch, Taina, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, Rugrats, Rocket Power, Danny Phantom, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, The Penguins of Madagascar, House of Anubis, The Legend of Korra, Harvey Beaks, WITS Academy, 100 Things to Do Before High School.

They're cancelling their good shows too soon even at the most unnecessary times, which shows us they're replacing them with garbage shows like Henry Danger, Game Shakers, Knight Squad, The Adventures of Kid Danger, which shows us they and Viacom are greedy these days, and not to forget they once hired Cyma Zarghami as president, which just ruined the whole network and it's love.

Nickelodeon has been losing viewers since the sudden cancellations of good shows.

The Loud House was the 1st good Nickelodeon show in years, but the original creator got fired, so now it' going downhill, so all that's left is SpongeBob SquarePants, which has gone bad after the 1st movie but better after the ...more

Angus movie?
You mean Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging or the real title of the book is Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging.
I heard that was never even released in the cinemas in America.
They are funny books and best sellers.
The first book came out in 1999.
Elements of the sequel It's ok, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers where in the film.
They only did the first book.

Nickelodeon is so desperate for money that they keep renewing the bad shows (including the live action shows) for new seasons whether we hate them or not.

So true! they cancelled fairly odd parents but not Alvin and the chipmunks show? that show was meaningless and boring. I would prefer Bella and the bulldogs ( witch is a show I don't like ) to that Alvin crap. like seriously

15 Airing Fanboy and Chum Chum

Fanboy and chum chum shows no effort in any work. You can tell nobody cared about this show so they just slapped a bunch of cgi on no story or plot and aired it. This and school of rock are so extremely poor quality. For both shows I give a 2/10.

After rejecting Adventure Time, they greenlit this abomination of a show.
The characters were drunk and this taught kids to be drunk.
Thank goodness it ended, but it shouldn' have been made in the 1st place.

I honestly think this show is underrated, sure it's grossout, but so was R&S.

I still do not know what the hell this show is.

16 Adding Chloe to The Fairly Oddparents

She's such an uninteresting Mary Sue- one of the trademarks of Mary Sues is a flaw that's for the sake of thinking you didn't create a Mary Sue and the flaw doesn't actually affect them, which is her perfectionism. She doesn't even need fairies, her life is perfect.

She's the reason the show got cancelled. I hope she burns in hell.

This reminds me of when they added Ladona and Bud Compson to Arthur. I'm SO glad they were gone after that.

Chloe and Sparky is awesome you need to watch the episodes before you make opinions like this

17 Trying to be hip and cool with the kids

Nickelodeon was great back in the 90s/2000s, until Nickelodeon decides to make cringy shows with kids trying to relate to memes. Nick nowadays tries too hard to be hip and cool, but they fail because they just make it even more cringe by trying. This is why Nickelodeon started to suck in the 2010s.

Some of the many things I tremble nick for is using memes tang died year s age and putting it in there shows and memes that are still alive but on life support they milk the in their shoes. Fortnite dances really, dabbing in 2018, and don't get me started with there "Hip" we'll be right back montages, they are disgusting and there cringe sitcoms oh lord help me

Honestly most of these mistakes have equal fault in my mind, but this one makes me cringe the most, so let's go with this one so I can start commenting on the others.

Come on! The 80's and 90's can do way better hip than the modern zombified robots! I say we kick the modern ones out of the studio forever!

It should be illegal

18 Moving the Fairly OddParents to Nicktoons

When Fairly OddParents was an the main channel it was getting a consist amount of viewers nothing to major, but when Nickelodeon moved it to Nicktoons, that was basically giving it a Early death, because when it happened the shows ratings plummeted, it was a bad business choice because even though modern Fairly Oddparents sucks it would still get more views with it being on the Main channel than on Nicktoons.

They moved it to Nicktoons and the last episode aired on July 26, 2017, and now that the creator Butch Hartman's retired from Nickelodeon, the show's cancelled.

They should really bring this back! It was a really good show! But when a certain person came in season ten, KILL ME! Also I think sparky should've stayed!

Eh, FOP has been going very much downhill since 2008 or so (though Season 6 was okay). It's more of a mercy kill at this point.

19 Rejecting The Modifyers

The Modifyers never became a series and we never got to find out what happened after Rat and Baron Vein found Agent Xero's ring! What's worse is that now there's an absolutely cringe-worthy hentai parody that not only never fixed the cliff-hanger but also became even more popular than the pilot itself!

They reject this yet they let complete utter garbage shows like Sanjay and Craig, Breadwinners, Fanboy and Chum Chum, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Back at The Barnyard, Tak and The Power of Juju and Harvey Beaks onto their channel!

What's worse is that there's a hentai parody that not only fixed the cliffhanger but also became even more popular than the pilot itself!

There's still a chance The Modifyers could get picked up by Disney! Hopefully...

This was still a good pilot! Agent Xero is my favorite character!

20 Adding Sparky to the Fairly Odd Parents

He was a useless addition, but it was still watchable.

I hope he meets Michael Vick.

21 Airing live-action on Nicktoons when they belong on TeenNick

Um... when I'm in the middle of a new SpongeBob episode I don't really feel like watching Henry danger Nick.

I'm fine with shows like Power Rangers or non sitcom sports and action shows, but Haunted Hathaways and Thundermans?

22 Creating Breadwinners

Please don't mention these perverted ducks, just, please, don't! They make me want to destroy my T.V...

They imported this show straight off of YouTube! Bad Idea!

Agreed! This show stunk!

Disgusting as hell.

23 Airing The Thundermans

Saying this show is a rip off of The Incredibles is an INSULT to The Incredibles! This show is so awful that it doesn't even DESERVE to occupy the same sentence as The Incredibles! As disappointing as Incredibles 2 was, I'd rather watch that inferior sequel fifty times in a row than watch even one episode of this abomination of a show! And you know what's worse? People actually LIKE this dreck! Thank god it ended recently!

This show is such a cringe fest, it has terrible acting and dumb gags that are supposed to make an 8 year old laugh I suppose, they call these teen shows but I stoped watching it when I was 11 I returned a few weeks ago and realized how cringy it was I used to think those shows were sitcoms until I started watching the Orville, Family guy, The Simpson's, Big Bang theory, the Goldberg's,etc. there desperate attempts at being hip and cool failed but nick can not accept that. And the powers and how they work are not logicle but don't let me start with that

Dumb Phoebe: The Thundermans are stupid. They're stupid.
Dumb Max: That is true we are stupid. We want to be stupid.
Dumb Billy:We will be stupid for life.
Dumb Nora: Don't watch our stupid show.
Dumb Parents: We are dumb.
Dumb Everyone: WE ARE STUPID

Hell yes! Finally someone who agrees with me that this show sucks! My brother always watched this show and it annoyed the hell out of me.

24 Firing most of the team from Spongebob Squarepants after the movie.

It doesn't matter anymore now that the original creator Stephen Hillenburg's dead. He had ALS and we remember the show sucked without him after the 1st movie, and we've learned without the original creator, it should end.
Well goodbye SpongeBob.

They didn't get fired, they left because the show was going to end there.

You mean the great creative writers left and the shows quality kept fallin. (R.I.P Stephen Hillenburg)

It was 2005 it started getting bad.

25 Airing Nick News

I have even heard it from 90's kids they hated it, a documentary series covering issues such as the environment, politics, diseases. Nick News aired here and there Randomly on Sundays from 1992 - 2015, when your a kid is the most depressing day of the week because school is upon you and there is nothing to watch but that, and I don't know about you but as a kid I hated the news.

What kind of kid wants to watch the news!

Haha you hated a Kids News show.
UK - Newsround has been around since 1972.

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