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

As you may know, Adventure Time was submitted to Nickelodeon before Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon denied it because they thought it was too weird, that was a huge mistake because has you know Adventure Time has gained a huge following, and when they denied it they lost what could have been huge success, however if Adventure Time was on Nickelodeon things would have been very different, and I think it wouldn't have gain as big of a popularity as it did on Cartoon Network, because Nickelodeon treats there cartoons a lot more differently than Cartoon Network, and I'm not saying that in a bad way.

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.

They rejected adventure time just for fanboy and chum chum, one of the worst cartoons of all time. Now adventure time is in CN, but it ended, sadly.

2 Putting a huge emphasis on trashy sitcoms

Let's Face it Nickelodeon is not just a cartoon channel it's full of sitcoms but it's cartoons should be getting the focus because that's what Nickelodeon is known for, but in the Last few year we got some horrible sitcoms like Henry Danger, Game Shakers and Bella and the Bulldogs, focusing on these trashy sitcoms and not giving the people what they want is leading to many people tuning out of the network and not showing up anymore.

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.

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.

That could be the reason why Nickelodeon just lost its viewers.

3 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!

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.

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.

4 Lack of Nick DVDs

It is a pain that they are releasing DVD-R which is basically official bootleg

I miss "The Secret life of Alex Mack", "All That" and old school Nickelodeon

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

All that is having reboot

5 Closing Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando

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 ...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!

1 year before I was born but I wish it was open so I could visit

6 Airing Nick Studio 10

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.

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

Feed those Nick Studo 10 creators to the Titans (Attack on Titan)

I actually liked nick studio ten

7 Airing Non-Stop Spongebob

The problem with them only airing Spongebob is then a lot of other canceled shows that a lot of people would like to see are literally never aired, making it really hard to be able to watch them. They should replace Spongebob every so often with reruns because I would like to be able to rewatch even a few episodes of good shows such as 100 Things to Do Before High School without having to buy them from Amazon streaming every single time

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

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.

Spongebob is the only good show they have left, besides the loud house, and if the show die they can say their goodbye to Nick.They are scared that if Spongebob doesn't air non-stop, they will be ruined.If you give the show some time to work on episodes maybe they won't end up like trash.If you let the creators go over what they just wrote, they could make a better episode.But now Nick is rushing Spongebob episodes every Sunday.If Nick may let the writers have a break and look over at some errors in the episode, we may get a very funny or plot driven episode(PS I think Nick canceled Avatar because they wanted to air more Spongebob.)

8 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.

Feed the Disney version Doug and the others to the Titans (Attack on Titan)

9 Canceling Invader Zim too early

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.

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.

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.

Their making a movie, so I can see a comeback for this show. However, don't see it happening anytime soon.

10 Cancelling good shows too soon

Part of it can be blamed on SpongeBob with it being Nickelodeon's top show any show that doesn't come close to matching its success are quickly tossed aside to the Nicktoon network to die a slow death or are canceled the only the only Nick show currently airing to not suffer the same fate as all other shows is The Loud House.

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.

Good example with Catscratch, it deserves at least another season! That has got to be one of the best nicktoons in the 2000s.

Avatar the last airbender one of the greatest animated series ever produced get to have a ending so why can’t any other good shows have one too instead of just downright cancelling them.

The Contenders
11 Changing the logo

Changing the 1984 logo wasn't just the worst thing unlike cancelling Rocko's modren life. Man that show was the best Nick toon along with Catdog.

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.

Why do companies ditch their cool creative logos and replace them with bland, boring logos?

Should have voted for this, Nick's logo looks a lot less interesting now.

12 Too Much Jojo Siwa

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.

Every time I see Jojo Siwa, it makes me want to rip one of my eyeballs out and throw it at her face. I have to deal with seeing her face on every reality show they make. Now that makes me wanna rip out my other eyeball as well.

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!

Jojo Siwa sucked were trying to teach our kids to be strong bold independent that you can be whatever you want to be but Jojo stopped giving that message and never even says in any more

13 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

This show is so overrated and bad. I'm disappointed Nick allowed it to exist in the first place.

I can't wait for the live action Avatar: the Last Airbender series

14 Canceling good shows and keep the bad ones

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.

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

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.

Does that mean Spongebob is a bad show? Because they still have spongebob

15 Trying to be hip and cool with the kids

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.

Look up the Nick trying to be cool cringe compilation on YouTube. I dare you.

That floss tweet with a gif of spongebob flossing his teeth made me want to gouge my eyes

16 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.

Fanboy and Chum Chum never even deserves to exist

Fanboy and Chump Chump sucks.

17 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 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.

FOP season 10 sucked, but the show moving to Nicktoons just decimated the ratings

18 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.

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

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

She’s the worst character added into Fairly Odd Parents, and Timmy had a Fairly Odd dog

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!

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!

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!

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

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

Nick "Toons"?

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

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

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

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

They weren't fired they decided to leave

It was 2005 it started getting bad.

22 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

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.

I used to like this but now realize its just a bad version the Incredibles

23 Disrespecting Stephen Hillenburg

Nickelodeon is going to do a reboot of SpongeBob, even though Stephen STRICTLY FORBADE it. But they waited until Stephen died just to get working on it because with Stephen dead, he can't stop them from doing it! This is a seriously scumbag move! I'm not gonna bother watching Kamp Koral!

... I can't believe it nickelodeon ... why did I ever trust you ... now look what you've done ... YOU'VE WAITED FOR STEPHEN HILLENBURG TO DIE JUST SO YOU CAN DISRESPECT HIS LEGACY AND CRUSH HIS HOPES AND DREAMS BY MAKING A SPIN-OFF CALLED KAMP KORAL, I DON'T CARE HOW "KOOL" KAMP KORAL WILL BE, HILLENBURG DIDN'T WANT IT! BUT LOOK WHAT YOUVE DONE NICKELODEON! I AM SO PISSED OFF IRL RIGHT NOW! I LOST ALL MY RESPECT FOR NICKELODEON! AND ITS NOW MY LEAST FAVORITE T.V. CHANNEL BECAUSE OF THIS! NICKELODEON HAS DONE SOME BAD THINGS BUT THIS IS THE WORST, AND I'm NOT FORGIVING THEM, I CANNOT BELIEVE THEY WOULD WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO DIE IN REAL LIFE JUST TO MAKE A TERRIBLE SPIN OFF! I signed the petition to cancel kamp koral, and everyone else should do too, I hate nickelodeon so much now... such a sadistic excuse for a company...

Yeah, they aren't letting his legacy have a good reputation. Bring back Rocko reruns, dammit!

They made many spinoffs. Why? Just why? We have kamp koral, squidwards spinoff and now there’s more coming.

24 Interrupting Shows with Random Garbage

Nick Studio 10 interrupted shows on Nickelodeon with garbage, and those shows include SpongeBob SquarePants, the Fairly OddParents, and others, and they interrupted scenes from them with random garbage.

WHY would kids want that? In fact they don’t, and Nick Studio 10 deliberately did that and annoyed Nick fans.

Not to mention the fart in a jar song was atrocious and that the show encouraged animal abuse and was vulgar and messy.

I'm glad nick studio 10 only lasted like 5 episodes

All fingers point to Nick Studio 10.

Obvious reference to Nick Studio 10.

25 Saying Timmy Turner is 10 when he looks 8

He looks like a 3yr old

Lol that’s actually funny

Well... techniquely he is 60..

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