Triangle Lifts Sci Fi Ratings


Bolstered by six-hour miniseries The Triangle, Sci Fi Channel found its way into basic cable’s top three in primetime ratings last week.

Sci Fi, lifted by a 3.6 household average for the premieres of the miniseries between 9-11 p.m. from Dec. 5-7, garnered a 1.9 mark overall for the week of Dec. 5-11, according to a Disney ABC Networks Group analysis of Nielsen Media Research data.

That was good for a third-place tie with Turner Network Television and Lifetime Television. They trailed first-place finisher USA Network’s 2.4 and runner-up ESPN’s 2.0 for the week.

Rounding out the top 10: Disney Channel with a 1.8; TBS and Fox News Channel, both with a 1.6; and Nick at Nite, ABC Family and Hallmark Channel, all with a 1.5 average. ABC Family and Hallmark benefited from holiday-themed programming.

Gauged on a total programming day basis, Nickelodeon was in its perennial perch: atop the competition with a 1.9 average. The kids kingpin was followed by sister service and channel sharer Nick at Nite’s 1.5, USA’s 1.2 and the trio of TNT, Disney and Lifetime, all of which posted a 1.1 average in this measure.

As for the advertiser-coveted adults 18-to-49 set, USA (a 1.2 against this demo) edged out ESPN, TNT and TBS (all with a 1.1) and Sci Fi (a 1.0).