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Disney's Newly Branded Network, Disney XD Launches With Record Ratings

The first original series on the newly-branded Disney XD cable network, AARON STONE, about a teenager enlisted to become the real life version of a legendary, crime fighting online game character, launched to high marks, surpassing all series premieres on the former Toon Disney in Kids 6-14 (303,000), driven by target demo Boys 6-14 (232,000). In a synergistic move, AARON STONE's premiere was also featured on Disney Channel, delivering 1.6 million Total Viewers and 892,000 Kids 6-14.

With AARON STONE and sneak previews of upcoming original series JIMMY TWO SHOES and KID VS. KAT, Disney XD reached 6.5 million unduplicated Total Viewers and 2.6 million Kids 6-14 in its Friday, February 13 launch.

-- Unveiling with two back-to-back original episode in its debut 7 o'clock hour, AARON STONE registered best-ever levels in the hour in Kids 6-14 (286,000) and Boys 6-14 (224,000).

-- AARON STONE towered over year ago time period levels (2/15/08) by impressive triple digit percentages, increasing 208% in Kids 6-14 (286,000 vs. 93,000) and by 266% in Boys 6-14 (223,000 vs. 61,000). Also, in Total Viewers, AARON STONE nearly doubled year-ago levels (549,000 vs. 279,000).

Disney XD, is a newly re-branded basic cable channel and multi-platform brand that showcases a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming for kids age 6-14, hyper-targeting boys and their quest for discovery, accomplishment, sports, adventure and humor. Disney XD branded content will span television, online, mobile and VOD platforms. The programming includes series, movies and short-form, as well as sports-themed programming developed with ESPN. In the U.S., Disney XD premiered on a 24-hour, advertiser supported network (formerly known as Toon Disney) that reaches over 72 million households via its basic cable affiliates.