Nickelodeon Renews ‘Sanjay and Craig’

Nickelodeon has renewed its animated series Sanjay and Craig for a third season, the kids-targeted network announced Wednesday.

Nick has will produce 20 new episodes for the series, which follows the exploits of a 12-year old boy and his pet snake, said network officials. Year to date, new episode premieres of Sanjay and Craig averaged 3 million total viewers, and is the second most-watched animated show across all TV with Kids 2-11 behind SpongeBob SquarePants.

 “When Sanjay and Craig was first brought to us and was described as being about two best friends, with one that just happens to be a snake, we knew that it had the makings of a great Nickelodeon cartoon,” said Russell Hicks, president, of content development and production for Nickelodeon “This show is connecting with kids because our creators had a great vision and they are telling stories that our audience relates to and that are just flat out funny with a lot of heart.”

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