The Summer of CARTOON NETWORK Continues: DEXTER'S LABRATORY Becomes Network's Highest-Rated Original Telecast Ever in Households, Kids

The Friday, July 7, telecast of the Cartoon Network original series Dexter's Laboratory ranked as the network's highest rated original telecast ever among households (3.1 - among basic cable's top 10 for the week), kids 2-11 (7.8 - number one for the week) and kids 6-11 (8.4 - number one for the week). The program also set a network household delivery record with nearly 2 million homes.

Additionally, Cartoon Network's summer showcase for original cartoon shorts, CARTOON CARTOON FRIDAYS, earned a 2.7 household rating, making it the second highest-rated original telecast in network history. The program also posted a 6.9 rating with both kids 2-11 and kids 6-11, making it the second highest-rated Cartoon Network original telecast ever among both demos.

Cartoon Network, currently seen in 63.8 million U.S. homes, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24- hour, ad supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world's largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network also showcases unique original ventures such as COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG, MIKE, LU, AND OG, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, ED, EDD, AND EDDY, JOHNNY BRAVO, COW AND CHICKEN, DEXTER'S LABORATORY and CARTOON CARTOONS. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of the ad-supported cable's highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network's Web site is located at

Rating period: July 3- July 9, 2000

Source: Turner Entertainment Research from Nielsen Media Research data.

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