The opening night for Taken, Steven Spielberg's $40 million maxiseries
gamble for Sci Fi Channel, set a ratings record for the network Monday.
Episode two, cablecast Tuesday, did almost as well.
The first of 10 two-hour chapters brought a 4.9 rating for Sci Fi, delivering
about 3.9 million households. That's 28 percent above what the network's
previous single-show record-holder, part one of Dune, did two years
The second chapter posted a 4.1 rating Tuesday night, with about 3.2 million
households watching. Earlier that night, a part-one replay had a 1.7 rating/1.3
Nielsen Media Research delayed release of theinitial
Taken ratings until Tuesday afternoon due to the long Thanksgiving holiday
weekend. Numbers on Wednesday night's episode and part-two replays are expected
to be released Thursday.
Taken, which will continue through Dec. 13, received mostly positive
reviews from critics, including those stationed at the Los Angeles
Times, The Washington Post and theNew York Daily News.
USA Today was among the crowd offering negative reviews.
A marathon of the first five episodes is scheduled for this weekend.
"I'm absolutely thrilled with the success of the premiere night," Sci Fi
president Bonnie Hammer said in a prepared statement. "It is simply an
incredible testament to everyone involved on this project."