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[04/22/08 - 02:08 PM]
'Doctor Who' Returns to Sci Fi with Best Season Premiere Since Season 1
Sci Fi spins the numbers for Friday, April 18.

[via press release from Sci Fi]

'DOCTOR WHO' RETURNS TO SCI FI WITH BEST SEASON PREMIERE SINCE SEASON 1

'BATTLESTAR GALACTICA' SCORES BEST PERFORMANCE SINCE SEASON 2 PREMIERE WITH NEW LIVE + 7 DATA

NEW YORK � April 21, 2008 � British sensation Doctor Who returned to SCI FI Channel with the premiere of it's fourth season on Friday April 18th. The special Titanic-themed, 90-minute broadcast, "Voyage of The Damned," averaged a 1.1 HH rating, 693,000 P18-49, 806,000 P25-54 and 1,480,000 P2+ total viewers. This represents the best season premiere episode on all measures since its March 17, 2006 debut on SCI FI and the most total viewers since October 2006.

Compared to the season 3 premiere on SCI FI (March 6, 2007) Friday's broadcast was up +39% in HH rating, +17% in P18-49, +20% in P25-54 and +40% in total viewers (P2+). Doctor Who was the 7th ranked program in primetime (8-11p) among Adults P25-54.

Battlestar Galactica, SCI FI's top original series of 2007, added to its stellar season 4 premiere numbers with the release of new Live +7 data. Overall the April 4 premiere episode averaged a 1.9 HH rating, 1,843,000 P18-49, 1,959,000 P25-54, and 2,652,000 total viewers (P2+). This was the best performance for Battlestar Galactica in all key demos since the season 2 premiere in July 2005. Battlestar was the #1 cable program for the day in both Adults P18-49 and Adults P25-54 on April 4.

Doctor Who is a one-hour drama that follows the adventures of a mysterious time-traveler known simply as "The Doctor" (David Tennant) and his companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate). The Doctor and Donna risk death and danger, battling aliens and monsters while they traverse the spectrum of time. Wise, funny and brave, The Doctor's detached logic gives him a vital edge when the world is in danger. Doctor Who is produced by Phil Collinson. Executive Producers are Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Julie Gardner and Lead Writer Russell T Davies. The series airs Fridays at 9pm on SCI FI.

Battlestar Galactica is the gripping saga of humanity's last remnants and their struggle to find a new home while fleeing from their deadly Cylon enemies. Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, Galactica's intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances have garnered it numerous awards, including an Emmy and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. The show was recognized by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the most outstanding programs of the year two years running. The series is from Universal Media Studios and is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. The outstanding ensemble cast is led by Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park. The series airs Fridays at 10pm on SCI FI.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.





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