From SciFi Wire:
09:00am ET, 2-September-04
SCI FI Had Record Summer
SCI FI Channel, driven by the hit Stargate franchise, delivered its best June-August ratings ever, the network announced. Stargate Atlantis, which airs its summer finale on Sept. 17, has been the number one Friday-night entertainment program (non-sports) on both cable and broadcast with males aged 18-49 since its July 16 premiere. Stargate Atlantis has averaged a 2.4 household rating (3.1 million viewers) since its premiere.
Stargate SG-1, meanwhile, has averaged a 2.1 household rating (2.7 million viewers) since its eighth-season premiere on July 9, a 31 percent increase in household ratings and more than a 50 percent jump in viewers, compared with its averages last summer, the network said.
Overall, SCI FI delivered a record-breaking 1.1 household rating for June-August. With double-digit increases in prime-time ratings (more than 10 percent, to 1.1) and viewership (more than 17 percent, to 1.2 million) over last summer. SCI FI ranks ninth among all non-news, ad-supported entertainment cable networks for the same period.
August ranked as the channel's highest-rated August ever (1.1) and a more than 16 percent increase in viewership over August 2003 (1.2 million vs. 1.1 million).
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