PBS Kids Renew/Cancel: Schedule Cuts Won’t Stop Molly of Denali


Welcome to PBS Kids Renew/Cancel. Since PBS does not release ratings to the public, these predictions are made based primarily off a show’s current presence on the national PBS schedule, as well as on the PBS Kids 24/7 Channel and online streaming platform. Other factors that go into the predictions include how long it has been since a show has most recently aired a new episode. Note that this table only includes shows that are either renewed or have not been confirmed to have ended production. Let us know what you think by leaving a reaction and a comment!

About The Schedules
The current schedule for the national PBS station started in February and drastically cut the hours in the weekday PBS Kids programming block, from 13 hours (6 am to 7 pm) to just 8 hours (6 am to 2 pm). While local affiliates create their own schedules based on what shows are working for them, the national PBS station is no longer airing PBS Kids shows in the after-school hours. This is why many shows have had their own hours cut. You can find the full national PBS schedule here

Meanwhile, as the name implies, the 24/7 Channel broadcasts PBS Kids programs all day long. There are no shows that air exclusively overnight; in fact, the 10 pm to 6 am schedule is identical to that of the 2 pm to 10 pm schedule on both weekdays and weekends. You can find the full schedule for the 24/7 Channel here

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has been on the air since 2012 and is currently in its sixth season. An animated series based off Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has become a flagship series for PBS. The national channel schedules it at 9 am on weekdays and 9:30 am on weekends, with it airing at both 10:30 and 11 seven days a week on the 24/7 Channel. A mid-morning staple, it is easy to envision Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood being renewed for a seventh season. After all, this is the network that is still airing occasional reruns of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood more than 20 years after it wrapped its original run. 

Molly of Denali
Only in its third season, Molly of Denali is a newer hit for PBS Kids. It won a Peabody Award in 2020 during its first season, and this past December was nominated for Outstanding Preschool Animated Series and Outstanding Writing for a Preschool Animated Program at the Children’s and Family Emmy Awards. Of course, award nominations themselves are not going to save a show, but they certainly do not hurt. 

The national PBS station airs Molly of Denali toward the start of the block, at 7 am. The 24/7 Channel, meanwhile, airs it weekdays at the 7 pm, 7:30 pm, 3 am, and 3:30 am, as well as weekends at 4 pm and midnight. What is most striking is despite all the changes made on both schedules in February, Molly of Denali’s 7 am time slot seven days a week on the national channel did not change. Something must be working for that to be the case. As such, it too is predicted to return for another season. 

Rosie’s Rules
Rosie’s Rules may only be in its first season, but its October 2022 premiere means there are previous schedules to compare Rosie’s Rules’ current treatment to. It now airs on the national PBS channel weekdays at 9:30 am, in between Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street. Intuitively, one would expect this to be a desirable time slot. It also airs at 10:30 am behind Sesame Street on weekends. On the 24/7 channel, it is paired up with the brand new series Work It Out Wombats! 14 times a week, with additional airings weekdays at 10 pm. The reason behind this renewal prediction lies primarily behind its scheduling on the national PBS station. If Rosie’s Rules was a flop out of the gate on the national station, it seems unlikely they would continue to give it priority on the schedule. 

Work It Out Wombats!
Having premiered the same day as the latest schedule, Work It Out Wombats! is PBS Kids’ latest series. Amongst other airings, it airs weekdays at 10:30 am after Sesame Street on the national PBS channel and seven days a week at 9:30 am after Sesame Street on the 24/7 Channel. Needless to say, PBS is trying to give Work It Out Wombats! as much exposure as they can. It may take one more schedule iteration to get a true feeling for how Work It Out Wombats! is performing, though, holding the renewal prediction to Likely instead of Certain. 

Pinkalicious & Peterrific
Having premiered in February 2018, Pinkalicious & Peterrific is now in its fifth season. It airs seven days a week at 11:30 am on the national channel, just like it did on the previous schedule. However, its lead-in shifted from Sesame Street to Donkey Hodie. On the 24/7 Channel, Pinkalicious & Peterrific airs weekdays at 7:30 am and 8 am in between Dinosaur Train and Sesame Street, and 8 am on weekends after Peg + Cat. Just like on the national PBS channel, Pinkalicious & Peterrific had Sesame Street as a lead-in on the last schedule iteration but has different lead-ins on this one. Its time slots aren’t entirely desirable and five seasons in, it arguably has not had the cultural impact of many of PBS Kids’ other series. That being said, the national PBS station does seem to like the 11:30 am time slot for it, one of the only things they didn’t change from the schedule before it. That itself was a schedule where Pinkalicious & Peterrific only aired once despite PBS Kids taking up 13 hours of PBS’s schedule. Due to its lower profile yet stability on the national schedule, Pinkalicious & Peterrific is listed as Leans Renew. 

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