Second Week Taken by Sci Fi


For the second week in a row, Sci Fi Channel's Taken miniseries propelled the network to a primetime ratings win among all ad-supported networks during the week of Dec. 9 through 15.

Four of the last five episodes of the 10-part, Steven Spielberg-produced vehicle finished among the highest-rated programs for the week, helping Sci Fi to average an overall 2.5 primetime rating, besting ESPN's and Turner Network Television's 1.9 ratings, according to Turner Entertainment Research from Nielsen Media Research data.

Overall, Taken averaged a 4.1 rating for its two-week run, Sci Fi said.

Lifetime Television managed a fourth-place primetime finish for the week with a 1.8 rating, while Nickelodeon, USA Network (tied with a 1.6), Cartoon Network (1.5), TBS Superstation (1.3), Fox News Channel (1.1) and A&E Network (1.0) rounded out the top 10.

Sci Fi also finished first among adults 18 through 49 and 25 through 54 in primetime. ESPN, on the strength of its top-rated Dec. 15 Arizona Cardinals-St. Louis Rams National Football League telecast, finished first among adults 18 through 34.

Over a 24-hour basis, ESPN was tops among 18-through-34 viewers, while sister services TBS and TNT finished first among adults 18 through 49 and 25 through 54, respectively.

Nickelodeon once again had the highest total-day rating for the week, averaging a 1.5, slightly better than Lifetime and TNT (tied at 1.1).