Tyler Perry celebrates new hit Nickelodeon show: ‘Thank you army!’

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Tyler Perry is known for his women-focused films and high-drama primetime TV series, but the media mogul has stepped into the children’s TV world with major success.

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The live-action series "Young Dylan" debuted last weekend on Feb. 29. Deadline reported Nickelodeon claims it attracted more than 2.6 million total viewers over its six airings during premiere weekend. It had the biggest Live +3 ratings for a series premiere on the children's network since 2017. That takes into account the show's same-day ratings when initially aired as well as the viewings for DVR and on-demand.

Perry caught wind of the news and eagerly shared his excitement on his social media channels Thursday.

“Thank you army!!!! I so appreciate all of this love and support!! God bless you. Thank you for making these kids stars!!” he said before telling his followers when “Young Dylan” airs — 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

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In October 2019, Perry appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to inform child rapper Dylan Gilmer, whose stage name is Young Dylan, that he’d be developing the sitcom for the Viacom-owned network. Gilmer had performed on on “Ellen” and appeared at NBA All-Star Weekend in 2017.

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“Because of you and all that you’ve done, man, as talented as you are, being here on ‘Ellen,’ you’re going to have your own show on Nickelodeon,” Perry told Gilmer, who exclaimed “I love you!” upon hearing the news.

The series “Young Dylan” centers around a family who is thrown for a loop when their nephew, hopeful kid rapper Young Dylan, suddenly moves in with no warning. Perry serves as the show’s writer, director and executive producer.