Disney Channel’s premiere of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar last week drew the biggest primetime cable numbers of 2015 in the kids 2-5 demo. The 44-minute pilot episode of the Lion King spinoff series set to premiere next year also was the No. 2 show overall in the target demo and the most-watched animated program across all kid-targeted cable nets with 5.4 million total viewers.
Set to premiere early next year, Disney Junior’s The Lion Guard series introduces Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala from The Lion King, who is destined to become leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals comprised of the Pride Lands’ fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight. Many characters from the 1994 Disney classic appeared in the spinoff movie that premiered November 22, including Mufasa and Pumbaa, voiced by James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella, who reprised their original roles. Rob Lowe and Gabrielle Union voiced Simba and Nala, respectively.