It was launched on February 11th 2002 alongside CBBC, a channel aimed at older people and its sister Channel. It has an audience share of around 1.2% in the UK
The Chuggington episode 'Braking Brewster' is Cbeebies 8th most viewed programme ever. with 722,000 viewers. With 3 editions of 'Cbeebies Christmas Pantomine', 2 episodes of 'Justin's House', and an episode of 'Gigglebiz' and 'Octonauts' being the only shows to have more viewers.