4.8 MILLION VIEWERS HAVE BEEN INFECTED BY A&E'S 'THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN'
PART ONE OF THE TWO-NIGHT TELEVISION EVENT DELIVERED 2.5 MILLION ADULTS 18-49 AND 2.7 MILLION ADULTS 25-54
NEW YORK, NY � May 27, 2008 � Night one of A&E's two-night television event "The Andromeda Strain," produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, was watched by 2.5 million adults 18-49, 2.7 million adults 25-54 and an astonishing 4.8 million total viewers, according to Nielsen's Fast Cable ratings.
Among adults 25-54, "The Andromeda Strain" became the number two telecast of all-time on A&E, bested only by the 2006 original movie "Flight 93." Additionally, part one has become the top original mini-series or movie on cable in 2008 to-date among adults 18-49 and 25-54.
"The Andromeda Strain," which premiered on Memorial Day at 9:00pm ET/PT, is based on the best-selling novel from Michael Crichton and stars Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack, Ricky Schroder, Andre Braugher, Christa Miller, Daniel Dae Kim and Viola Davis. Part two premieres tonight at 9:00pm ET/PT on A&E.
"The Andromeda Strain" is produced by Scott Free Productions and Traveler's Rest Films in association with Universal Pictures for A&E Network. Executive producers are Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and David W. Zucker for Scott Free and Tom Thayer for Traveler's Rest Films. Mikael Salomon is director and co-executive producer and the screenplay is written by Robert Schenkkan.
A&E is "Real Life. Drama." Now reaching more than 96 million homes, A&E is television that you can't turn away from; where real life shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic. A&E offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment; ranging from the network's signature Real-Life Series franchise, including the hit series "Intervention," "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," "Paranormal State" and "Criss Angel Mindfreak," to the most successful justice shows on cable, including "The First 48" and "Crime 360" and original scripted series including "The Cleaner" starring Benjamin Bratt. A&E is also the official basic cable home to the high-profile series "The Sopranos," "CSI: Miami" and "Criminal Minds." The A&E website is located at www.aetv.com.