Chances are that by now you've heard of Ryan, the star of Ryan ToyReview. It's pretty impossible to escape him at this point. Not only does he have his eponymous YouTube channel and series of videos, but he also has a product line sold in stores like Walmart. And did you know that he now has a TV show? Ryan's Mystery Playdate is currently airing on Nickelodeon. The show aired the first of 20 episodes on April 19th, and it's been announced that Nickelodeon has already signed off on season two.
Unsurprisingly, the series' debut on April 19th was number one in its time slot. The show airs at 12:30 pm, which is prime viewing time for the preschool and under crowd. But older kids will likely begin watching once school is over for summer in the upcoming weeks. Amazingly, the premiere episode had 999,000 viewers, which is very high considering the age group. But it's a testament to the popularity of the 7-year-old YouTube star.
The show saw a real ratings jump during its first weekend. During the Friday-Sunday schedule, 2.1 million kids in the 2-11 bracket watched. Overall, Ryan's show had 5.5 million total viewers.
Ryan's Mystery Playdate sounds like a fun show for those who haven't seen it. Ryan and his co-stars (his parents and two animated characters named Gus the Gummy Gator and Combo Panda) must complete three challenges to find out who the mystery playdate will be. Many of the challenges are physical, such as a football challenges, that see him catching a football from his dad and running an obstacle course. Sometimes he hasa mystery box challenge instead. Upon completing the task, he gets a hint that he takes to the "Guess-a-tron," revealing a small clue. Once the three Playdates include characters like Captain Man from the Nickelodeon show Henry Danger.
Ryan's Mystery Playdate was created and produced by pocket.watch, who handle all of Ryan's media advertising. With the renewal deal of another 20 episodes, the show will have 40 episodes altogether.
If you want to watch the show and don't have cable or access to the Nick Jr. app there are some episodes for free on the website. You can also purchase episodes on Amazon Prime, YouTube and Vudu.
As of right now, there are no dates for when season two will be available.