Sci Fi Channel said the two-hour premiere of new original series Sanctuary drew 2.7 million total viewers and was the top primetime basic-cable entertainment program on Oct. 3 among adults ages 25-54.
The two-hour premiere (9-11 p.m.) ranked fourth among cable primetime programs Friday night among adults ages 18-49 with 1.08 million viewers in that demographic, Sci Fi said. The
, starring Sci Fi staple
(Stargate SG-1), attracted 1.4 million viewers in the 25-54 bracket, according to the NBC Universal-owned channel.
Sci Fi Channel said, on the night, it was the top cable network airing entertainment programming in primetime (8-11 p.m.) among the 25-54 set, and was second among adults 18-49.
Sci Fi said the premiere was the highest rated for Sci Fi Channel since Eureka
in July 2006, setting a network record with more than 4 million viewers.
The show -- heavily promoted and notable for its use of green-screen technology -- also drew Web traffic to Scifi.com. Since measurement began in 2006, Sanctuary had the best performance online for any Sci Fi series debut in all key metrics, the channel said. On the night, Scifi.com claimed a total of 1.2 million page views, 208,000 uniques and 287,000 video streams.
The premiere will be replayed tonight at 7 p.m. The show’s regular timeslot is Friday at 10 p.m., after Stargate Atlantis.