Taken Sets Ratings Record


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
million homes.

Nielsen Media Research delayed release of theinitial
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
, 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."