Nickelodeon (usually shortened to Nick) is an American pay TV network and flagship channel which was started on December 1, 1977, as the first channel for kids. It is held by Viacom within its Viacom Media Networks division’s Nickelodeon Group member and is based in New York City. It is primarily aimed at kids and teenagers aged 2–17.
The channel had initially been first tested as Pinwheel on December 1, 1977. Pinwheel was at the time only accessible on QUBE, which was the first two-way primary market interactive cable TV system, held by Warner Cable. Pinwheel relaunched as Nickelodeon on April 1, 1979, and extended to other cable providers nationwide. It was originally commercial-free and continued without advertisement until 1984. Warner sold Nickelodeon, simultaneously with its sister networks MTV and VH1, to Viacom in 1986.
As of January 2016, the channel is accessible to about 92.056 million households in the United States.