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Sci Fi: 'Blasters’ Is Past

8/26/2005 8:00 PM Eastern

Unable to propel the show to higher ratings, Sci Fi Channel’s original reality series Master Blasters has been pulled from the lineup.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not took the show’s 11 p.m. slot last Wednesday, the network said. After three airings, Blasters, which pits rocket scientists in a competition to launch projects into orbit, generated a paltry 0.4 household rating through Aug. 10. Sci Fi moved the skein—part of a new Wednesday original series block — to 11 p.m. from 9 p.m., a week after posting a 0.6 ratings for its July 27 debut. Ghost Hunters, which aired from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., moved up an hour.

A spokesman said Sci Fi would continue to experiment with reality shows despite the demise of Master Blasters. Two other Wednesday-night series, Ghost Hunters and Tripping The Rift, remain on the schedule.

“We’re committed to developing its own unique twist on the alternative reality genre by exploring innovative new ideas, experimenting and risk-taking in order to attract new audiences to the network,” he said. “That being said, each show cannot live in isolation on the schedule, so we’re currently pursuing a number of new alternative projects which may be more compatible with Master Blasters in the future.”

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