Buoyed by an impressive showing for alien-abduction miniseries Taken, Sci Fi Channel easily beat out all competitors in the weekly primetime ratings race.
The 10-part, Steven Spielberg-produced series averaged a 4.1 during over its first five weeknights (starting Dec. 2), helping Sci Fi to average an overall 2.8 rating for the week of Dec. 2 through 8, according to Turner Entertainment Research from Nielsen Media Research data.
Sci Fi also finished first for the week among adults 25 through 54 and 18 through 49, while finishing third with adults 18 through 34 behind category leader ESPN and runner-up MTV: Music Television.
In the primetime-ratings competition, ESPN and Turner Network Television both finished a distant second tied with 2.0 ratings, with Lifetime Television (1.8); USA Network and Nickelodeon (tied with a 1.6); Cartoon Network (1.5); TBS Superstation (1.4); Fox News Channel (1.3); and ABC Family (1.2) rounding out the top 10.
The 4.9 rating for Taken's Dec. 2 premiere placed it No. 2 among all cable shows for the week, behind the 8.7 rating garnered by ESPN's Dec. 8 Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers National Football League game.
TNT's Dec. 8 debut of the original movie Miss Lettie & Me
generated a 4.5 rating to finish third, while ESPN's Dec. 8 NFL Primetime
(3.9 rating) and part three of Taken
(4.3) finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
For total day for the week, Nick was No. 1, with a 1.5 rating.
Home Box Office's mega-hit The Sopranos
went out with a bang. Its fourth-season-ending episode on Dec. 8 drew 12.5 million viewers, second-highest ever for the mob series.