Nikki Finke reports that "High School Musical 2" broke just about every record there is for a made-for-cable movie. For one thing, it was the most-watched cable program AND the most watched basic cable movie of all time. That alone would be remarkable enough, but with 17 million viewers, it ranked as the most-viewed Friday program, cable or broadcast, in the past five years. As Nikki says:
Just shows that TV viewers will respond to good, clean, energetic fun. Not everything has to be edgy.
How many networks do you think will take that message from the numbers? None. What we will see are a lot more teenage musicals.