Nickelodeon, often simply called Nick, is an American basic cable and satellite television network that is owned by the MTV Networks Kids & Family Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom, Inc. Aimed primarily at children, pre-teens and teenagers 7–16 years of age and its preschooler-targeted shows aimed at children 2–6, it broadcasts on Sundays from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., Mondays-Fridays from 6 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific Time).
Since 1985, it has shared its channel space with Nick at Nite, a nighttime service that broadcasts during the interim hours and features reruns of older primetime sitcoms, and is treated as a separate channel from Nickelodeon by A.C. Nielsen Co. for ratings purposes. Both services are sometimes collectively referred to as "Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite", due to their common association as two individual channels sharing a single channel space. Nickelodeon also provides an HD feed that began broadcasts on September 1, 1996 and is carried on all cable and satellite providers.