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NICKELODEON'S 'ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?' IS NAMED BY TV GUIDE AS TOP TELEVISION FOR CHILDREN

 NEW YORK, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Underscoring impressive ratings and excellent reviews, "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?", Nickelodeon's suspense series has just been voted by TV Guide as the top television program for children between the ages of 7 to 11. This latest accolade follows New York Newsday's Kids Poll which earlier last month selected "Are You Afraid of the Dark" as its favorite show.
 The ratings which appear in the current issue of the TV Guide (for the week of Feb. 27 - March 5) were compiled as part of the magazine's "Parents' Guide to Kids' TV." In the "tweens" category of programming (children ages 7 to 11), "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?" was voted the number one program by a panel of television critics and experts that included Peggy Charren (founder, "Action for Children's Television,") David Bianculli (The New York Post,) Tom Feran (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) and Diana Huss Green (editor-in-chief, Parents' Choice" magazine) and television news correspondent Faith Daniels (NBC-TV).
 In citing the program, critic Bianculli saw the program as one children will love to watch because it's "Like Alfred Hitchcock without the nightmares." Cleveland Plain Dealer critic Tom Feran saw the series as a way to "meet kids' fears without increasing them." The timeless tales found in "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?" provide suspense and real dramatic tension for children without resorting to violence, blood and gore. Each episode, through mood and startling moments, sparks children's imaginations via storytelling, much like ghost stories told around a camp fire.
 The series presents an anthology of spooky stories that air on the Nickelodeon, the only network for kids Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. (eastern time). "Are You Afraid of the Dark?", a co-production of Nickelodeon and Camp Fire Productions, is produced by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel.
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 /CONTACT: Marian Koltai-Levine or Allen Eichhorn, 212-582-1111, or Heidi Schaeffer, 213-954-4000, both of PMK, for Nickelodeon/


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