'The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex' Bewitches Nearly 6 Million Total Viewers and 3 Million Kids 2-11

On Friday, March 15, powered by the “Wizards of Waverly Place” 1-hour television event, “The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex” and an all-new “Gravity Falls,” Disney Channel was easily Friday’s #1 Total Day cable TV network in Total Viewers (

"Wizards Of Waverly Place: The Wizards Return: Alex Vs. Alex " Casts Ratings Spell With Nearly 6 Million Total Viewers

Disney Channel’s one-hour television event, “The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex” (8:00 – 9:00 p.m.), cast a ratings spell across the nation, delivering 5.9 million Total Viewers, 2.9 million Kids 2-11, 2.3 million Kids 6-11 and 2.2 million Tweens 9-14, ranking as Friday’s #1 TV telecast across the major youth demos. In fact, the special became the #1 cable TV telecast of 2013 to date in Tweens 9-14, the #2 cable TV telecast in Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11, and the #1 kids’ cable TV telecast in Total Viewers.

Selena Gomez Says She’s Finally Done With ‘Wizards’

Selena Gomez is about to pull her biggest magic trick yet and make herself disappear completely from "Wizards of Waverly Place."

Alex Fights Her Other Self in Preview of 'The Wizards Return'

Alex Russo accidentally splits herself into two people as she casts a spell to get rid of her bad personalities in the 'Wizards of Waverly Place' special.

First Look: Selena Gomez and The Wizards of Waverly Place Return

Selena Gomez is back on Disney Channel, as The Wizards of Waverly Place returns with an all-new special on March 15 — more than a year after the show ended its run.

'Wizards of Waverly Place' reunion movie trailer: Selena Gomez in 'Alex vs. Alex'

These days, when TV shows are canceled, it's relatively rare for the gang to get back together again -- but Selena Gomez loved her "Wizards of Waverly Place" fans enough to clear her schedule even after the show aired its series finale on Disney. Alex and the Russos are returning in the upcoming Disney Channel original movie "The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex," set to air Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m. EST.Unfortunately, David Henrie, who played Selena's character's brother Justin, will not be returning -- he had a scheduling conflict with another movie. Luckily, though, that leaves room for double the Alex! Yep, our girl is battling her evil twin in this movie, a nice departure from the usually (mostly) wholesome Alex we're used to seeing.We'll also see "Awkward" star Beau Mirchoff do his best to woo Alex as her new love interest, the Italian heartthrob Dominic. Might her evil twin prefer Dominic to...

'Awkward's' Beau Mirchoff to Co-Star in 'Wizards of Waverly Place' Special (Exclusive)

He'll play Dominic, a handsome and mysterious heartthrob who may not be as sweet as he seems in the Selena Gomez Disney Channel telepic.

Selena Gomez to produce 'Wizards of Waverly Place' special

The "Wizards of Waverly Place" must be working their magic, because the Disney Channel show is returning for a one-hour television event in early 2013. And the show's star, Selena Gomez, will not only be reprising her role but will also executive produce.The special begins production in October with co-stars Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise and Gregg Sulkin also returning.The storyline finds the Russo fam and friends in Tuscany, Italy, where they plan to meet their long lost relatives. But it can't just be a typically family vacation with this group: Alex (Gomez) tries to prove she's more than a carefree young wizard and inadvertently conjures a spell that creates a good Alex and an evil Alex. The two Alexes end up doing battle, naturally, atop the Tower of Pisa. Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, says, "With the phenomenal ratings of the 'Wizards' finale earlier...

'Wizards of Waverly Place' Star Jake T. Austin Lands 'Drop Dead Diva' Guest Role (Exclusive)

  Wizards of Waverly Place  star Jake T. Austin  is dropping in on Lifetime’s  Drop Dead Diva . The Hollywood Reporter  has learned that Austin will be guest starring on the series’ upcoming fourth season. In the episode titled “Home,” he’ll be playing a 16-year-old multi-millionaire CEO and video game designer who hires Jane ( Brooke Elliott ) and Grayson ( Jackson Hurst ) to sue his father for emancipation. Read More...

Wizards of Waverly Place's Jake T. Austin Books Law & Order: SVU Guest Spot

Wizards of Waverly Place star Jake T. Austin will appear on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , has learned. In the episode titled "Home Invasions," Austin will play Rob Fisher, the boyfriend of a girl whose family is brutally murdered.