Disney Channel to debut 'Sofia the First' Jan. 11

This image released by Disney Junior shows the animated character Princess Sofia, voiced by Ariel Winter, seated, surrounded by her fairy Godmothers, Flora, left, Merryweather and Fauna, right, from the upcoming series "Sofia the First." The new series, about a girl who is learning to adjust to royal life after her mom marries the king, airs Jan. 11, 2013 on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior networks. (AP Photo/Disney Junior)

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney says its animated children's series "Sofia the First" will premiere Jan. 11 on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior networks.

Created for kids ages 2 to 7, "Sofia the First" is about a young girl who becomes a princess and learns that honesty, loyalty and compassion are what makes a person royal.

Sofia is voiced by "Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter, and her mother is played by "Grey's Anatomy" star Sara Ramirez.

Last week's premiere of the "Sofia the First" animated movie drew a total audience of more than 5 million viewers. It was the year's top-rated cable TV telecast among kids ages 2 to 5.

In the series' debut episode, Sofia strives to become the first princess to earn a spot on her school's flying derby team.