Cartoon Network has much to be thankful for following big ratings over the long holiday weekend. The premiere of new series Young Justice and the CGI-movie Firebreather both drew big audiences.
Young Justice, which introduces a team of teenage superheroes from the DC Comics universe, pulled 2.55 million viewers for a special one-hour preview on Friday night. That represents a 36 percent increase from the same timeslot last year, a good omen for the series, which begins weekly episodes in January.
The holiday began with a blast from Firebreather on Wednesday night. In addition to a total audience of 3.69 million viewers, the movie — which is based on an Image Comics series featuring a high school student coping with his half-human/half-dragon lineage — was the night's No. 1 program for all the kids and boys demographics.