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Current programming[edit]

13 Nights of Halloween has been a staple for ABC Family for 17 years. The 2015 lineup was released to the public on September 2.[2] Freeform's first Halloween lineup schedule was released on September 14, 2016.[3] Addams Family Values The Addams Family Sleepy Hollow Monsters University Halloweentown Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Corpse Bride The Hunger Games The Sorcerer's Apprentice ParaNorman Toy Story of Terror! Frankenweenie Dark Shadows Hocus Pocus Scooby-Doo Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed Matilda The Nightmare Before Christmas Poltergeist film series Spooky Buddies

Former programming[edit]

The following are films and specials which have previously aired as a part of the lineup, but have since been removed. An American Haunting Beetlejuice Bewitched The Black Cauldron Boogeyman Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh Casper Casper: A Spirited Beginning Casper Meets Wendy Clue Donald Duck and the Gorilla Ella Enchanted Gremlins Halloween is Grinch Night Harry Potter Weekend The Hollow The Initiation of Sarah It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Stephen King's It Jumanji The Lake Lonesome Ghosts Monsters, Inc. Lost Souls The Mask Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Nature of the Beast Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Scary Movie Scary Movie 2 Scary Movie 3 Scary Movie 4 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad The Sixth Sense The Spiderwick Chronicles Tower of Terror Trick or Treat Van Helsing The Village Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit When Good Ghouls Go Bad

averaged 1.2 million.[4] For 2009, the lineup averaged 1.4 million viewers, up from the previous year.[4] Hocus Pocus drew record numbers of near 2.5 million, while Edward Scissorhands drew over 1 million viewers.[4] Total viewers dropped in 2010, averaging just 1.2 million viewers.[5] In 2011, Pretty Little Liars Halloween themed episode, "The First Secret", at the time, the lineup's most watched program. The special episode aired with more than 2.5 million viewers.[6] Viewers for the entire lineup broke record, averaging 1.6 million viewers in 2011, thanks to debuts such as Coraline.[5] The October 29 airing of Hocus Pocus drew the 13 Nights of Halloween's highest viewers ever, with 2.8 million.[7]

2012[edit]

In 2012, the second Halloween-themed episode of Pretty Little Liars, "This is A Dark Ride" guest-starring former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert drew 2.8 million viewers.[8] ABC Family announced that the episode had become the lineup's most watched programming in their key demographics in the block's fourteen-year history.[9] Due to the success of previous years airings of Hocus Pocus, multiple airings were scheduled throughout the 2012 lineup. The first initial broadcast of the film on October 23 was watched by 1.6 million viewers.[10] Broadcasts of the film on the nights of October 28 and October 31 were watched by 1.9 million and 1.3 million viewers respectively.[11][12] The network premiere of the film The Sorcerer's Apprentice on October 28 was watched by 2.1 million viewers.[11] Overall viewers for the 2012 season were down from the previous year, with an average of 1.5 million viewers.[13] 2014 ABC Family released the 2014 schedule on September 10, 2014.[14]

The popular programming event, now in its 16th year, started October 19 and concluded on October 31. The schedule features brand-new Halloween-themed episodes of Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy, an all-new Pretty Little Liars fan appreciation special, plus the scary prank specials Freak Out. The stunt will also include the network television premieres of Dark Shadows and ParaNorman, and prime time airings of Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice, and Monsters Inc.[15]

Ratings for the 2014 event were generally even across the board with prior years. October 19, the first day of the event, held ratings of Harry Potter, 1.5 million viewers, Toy Story of Terror, 1.7 million, and a prime time airing of Monsters Inc. gaining 1.7 million viewers. The Pretty Little Liars special airing October 21 had 1.3 million viewers while Melissa and Joey registered 1.1 million. The network airing of Dark Shadows on October 24 registered a mediocre 1 million viewers. An airing of The Adams Family had a decent 1.21 million viewers while a Halloween airing of Casper had 1.4 million viewers.[16] The highest rated programs of the event were Monsters Inc at, 1.7 million on October 19, and Hocus Pocus on October 26, also at 1.7 million.[17] 2015 The 2015 line up was released on September 2.[2]

The highest rated event for 2015's 13 Nights of Halloween was the premier of Monsters University at 2.081m viewers, up from 2014's high of 1.7m.[18] Hocus Pocus, which aired a staggering ten times during the event saw its highest rated showing at 1.7m viewers, even with previous years. The Adams Family highest rated showing peaked at 1.6m viewers. Overall the rest of the event peaked around 1 million viewers.[18] The 2015 lineup averaged 1.1905m viewers, down dramaticly from previous years.[18] 2016 ABC Family rebranded itself as Freeform in 2016, but has confirmed that it will continue airing 13 Nights of Halloween.[19]

Freeform's 13 Nights of Halloween lineup was released on September 14, 2016. The 2016 line up features film classics such as Hocus Pocus, Corpse Bride, The Adams Family, Scooby Doo, Monsters University, Practical Magic, and Death Becomes Her. The line up for Halloween day includes Steven Spielberg's classic The Goonies, Scooby Doo, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, and two back to back airings of Bette Midler's classic Hocus Pocus.[20]

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