Nickelodeon is bringing back SpongeBob SquarePants for another season. The network confirmed season 13 on Wednesday, giving the show a 13 episode order for new adventures. Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” drew 2.2M viewers in its simulcast across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, and Nicktoons, prompting the network to bring the show back for another season.
“SpongeBob SquarePants” season 13 will reunite original voice cast members Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks) and Mr. Lawrence (Plankton), and current showrunners Vince Waller and Marc Ceccarelli. “SpongeBob SquarePants” has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years.
“SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” kicked off the 20th anniversary celebration of one of the most iconic and TV series and characters ever created. The special featured a mix of live-action and animation, and celebrated the voice talent behind SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Squidward and Plankton. The talent played live-action doppelgänger versions of the animated characters they voice in the long-running series.
According to Nickelodeon, “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” ranks as the top kids’ program for the year, and did very well in younger demos and with teens. The special is also the net’s highest-rated premiere with Kids 6-11 since October 2017 (SpongeBob SquarePants “The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom”) and the highest-rated premiere with K2-11 since February 2018. The special also drew a broad audience, posting a 50% gain year-over-year with Adults 18-49.
SpongeBob SquarePants is created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.
The SpongeBob celebration continues at San Diego Comic-Con this week, with stars of the show meeting with fans to celebrate the character and the ongoing series.
San Diego Comic-Con runs from Thursday July 18th through July 21st, and you can find more SDCC Headlines to stay on top of the announcements and trailers.