From SciFi Wire:
12:00 AM, 29-DECEMBER-04
SCI FI Reports Record Year
SCI FI Channel reported that 2004 was the network's highest-rated and
most-watched year yet and the third-consecutive year the channel has
broken its own prime-time ratings records. The channel reported its
best-ever prime-time household ratings (1.0, or 1.2 million viewers)
on average for the year, a 4 percent increase over the previous year.
SCI FI also reported ranking within the top 10 of all basic cable
networks in ratings among key demographics, including persons aged 25-
54, men 25-54, persons 18-49, men 18-49 and women 25-54. SCI FI
ranked eighth in household ratings among all measured, non-news, ad-
supported basic cable networks in prime time.
Other ratings highlights:
•SCI FI reported an average 1.0 rating and more than 1 million
viewers in prime time in every quarter of 2004, a milestone reached
over six consecutive quarters.
•SCI FI delivered more persons aged 18-34 and 2-17 in prime time than
in any other year in the network's history.
•SCI FI proved itself a prime-time destination for families,
reporting a 21 percent jump among viewers aged 18 and under compared
•The July 16 premiere of Stargate Atlantis was the highest-rated and
most-watched single episode of any series ever on SCI FI and was also
the first episode of any SCI FI series to deliver ratings over 3.0
and viewership over 4 million.
•The premiere of SCI FI Channel's original miniseries Legend of
Earthsea averaged a 3.2 household rating (3.7 million viewers) over
two consecutive nights.
•Legend of Earthsea was the highest-rated and most-watched program in
cable prime time on Dec. 13 and 14. SCI FI was also the number-one
network on cable in combined ratings and delivery on those two days.
The second part of the miniseries was the highest-rated program to
air on SCI FI in 2004.
•The two-night, four-hour premiere of Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
on Oct. 17 and 18 averaged a 1.7 household rating (1.9 million
viewers), making SCI FI the number-one non-sports cable network among
persons aged 25-54 and 18-49 for its time period over the two nights.
•SCI FI's miniseries thriller 5ive Days to Midnight kept a total
audience of nearly 9 million viewers over four consecutive nights,
Among SCI FI's original series:
•Driven by the success of new Stargate SG-1 companion series Stargate
Atlantis, the channel reported its best summer ever, with a record-
breaking 1.1 household rating for June-August.
•The summer season of Stargate Atlantis averaged a 2.3 household
rating and nearly 3 million viewers, making it SCI FI's highest-rated
original series ever.
•The Oct. 6 premiere of Ghost Hunters earned a 1.4 household rating
(1.1 million viewers), making it the most-watched Wednesday-night
program on the network since January 2003 and ranking it in the top
10 of most-watched Wednesday programs in the channel's history.
•The March 4 premiere of Tripping the Rift got a 1.8 household rating
(2 million viewers), setting several SCI FI records and beating the
1997 series premiere of Comedy Central's South Park.
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