'Andromeda Strain' Makes Top Demo Debut


The first night of A&E Network’s miniseries The Andromeda Strain was the second-best show in the service’s history among adults 25 to 54 and fourth most-watched program ever.

The Andromeda Strain, which premiered May 26 at 9 p.m., averaged 4.8 million total viewers between 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research data. Among that total were 2.7 million adults 25 to 54, a demo total trailing only the Jan. 30, 2006 premiere of original telefilm Flight 93, which was A&E’s most-watched show to date with 5.9 million viewers.

The first night of the miniseries, produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, also scored 2.5 million adults 18-to-49 viewers.

The demo performances were the best for all miniseries or original cable movies thus far in 2008, according to A&E officials.

The second part of the event, based on the best-selling novel from Michael Crichton and starring Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack, Ricky Schroder, Andre Braugher, Christa Miller, Daniel Dae Kim and Viola Davis, debuts tonight at 9 p.m.