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SCI FI Digs Up Record-Breaking Ratings

From: Larry W. Bryant <overtci.nul>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 23:00:17 -0500 (EST)
Archived: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 09:24:58 -0500
Subject: SCI FI Digs Up Record-Breaking Ratings

November 25, 2002

SCI FI Digs Up Record-Breaking Ratings

Roswell Documentary Becomes Highest-Rated Original Special in
SCI FI Channel History

On Friday, November 22, in anticipation of its upcoming epic 10-
night miniseries, Steven Spielberg Presents TAKEN, SCI FI hosted
a night of original documentary specials aimed at unearthing the
truth behind UFOs, government conspiracies and alien abduction.
 In the process, the Channel uncovered a ratings winner. SCI FI
was the #1 adult-targeted cable network from 8-11 PM with a
1.7/1,342,000 HHs*.

Intrigued by SCI FI's smoking gun shocker, an average of
2,365,000 viewers** tuned in for The Roswell Crash:  Startling
New Evidence, hosted by Bryant Gumbel.  The documentary,
chronicling the Channel's landmark scientific excavation of the
1947 crash site in Roswell, New Mexico garnered a 2.0 rating
(1,560,000 HHs)*** - making it the highest-rated original
special in SCI FI Channel history. The Roswell Crash surpassed
the previous record-holder, the one-hour special Curse of the
Blair Witch (1.8 / 1,032,000 HHs 7/12/99), by over half a
million HHs.

Following The Roswell Crash, the 10 PM documentary Abduction
Diaries earned a strong 1.1 (901,000 HHs)****, with the overall
primetime block earning a 1.7 (1,340,000 HHs)* - tying with the
SCI FI original movie Sabretooth for the highest-rated night
this November.

TAKEN, the SCI FI Channel's ambitious science fiction adventure
that weaves together over 50 years of alien abductions into the
compelling story of three families' experiences, premieres
Monday, December 2, 2002 @ 9pm ET/PT.

SCI FI Channel transmits fantastic images to 80 million human
homes. Launched in 1992, SCI FI features a continuous stream of
cinematic hits, new and original series, and special events, as
well as classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror programming. Check
out SCIFI.COM=AE, the SCI FI Channel's award-winning Web site, at
www.scifi.com.  SCI FI Channel is a program service of Universal
Television Group (www.universalstudios.com), a division of
Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE), the U.S.-based film,
television and recreation entity of Vivendi Universal, a global
media and communications company.


Contact:	Karen Clifton
(212) 413-5895

*source: NMR/Galaxy, Friday 11/22/02, 8-11PM coverage area time period=
**source: NMR/Galaxy, Friday 11/22/02, 8-11PM, average coverage area time=
 period HH rating/delivery
***source: *Nielsen Media Research/Galaxy Explorer, Friday 11/22/02, 8-10PM=
 coverage area rating
****sourcee: NMR/Galaxy, Friday 11/22/02, 10-11PM coverage area rating

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