[07/10/08 - 05:21 PM]
Sci Fi's Ghost Hunters International and Scare Tactics Return with Record Ratings
Sci Fi spins the numbers for Wednesday, July 9.

[via press release from Sci Fi]


SCI FI Tops Cable Entertainment Nets in Key Demos

Ghost Hunters International Earns Best Performance Since Its Series Premiere

Scare Tactics Makes Triumphant Return With Series High Among Adults 18 - 34

NEW YORK � July 10, 2008 � Last night's season premieres of Ghost Hunters International and Scare Tactics delivered record numbers in key demographics for both shows making SCI FI the #1 cable network in primetime for Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. Ghost Hunters International earned its best performance since its series premiere in January 2008, and enjoyed double-digit demo growth versus the winter season average. Scare Tactics made a triumphant return to SCI FI, reaching a series-high among Adults18-34, and in other key demos delivered its best performance since its initial series debut in April 2003.

SCI FI demonstrated considerable strength in primetime across all demos and age groups, ranking as the #1 cable network for Adults18-49, Adults 25-54, Women 25-54, Men 25-54 and Men 18-49. In addition the network ranked #2 for Women18-49, #4 for Adults18-34, #4 for Men18-34 and #5 for Women18-34.

Ghost Hunters International (9pm)

� Wednesday's 9pm summer season premiere of Ghost Hunters International earned a 1.6 HH rating, 1.32 million Adults 18-49, 1.4 million Adults 25-54 and 2.3 million total viewers, all the best performances for the series since its debut night on January 9, 2008.

� Compared to the winter season average for Ghost Hunters International this is an improvement of 7% in Household ratings, 5% among Adults 18-49, 11% among Adults 25-54 and 13% in total viewers.

� During Ghost Hunters International 9 pm premiere, SCI FI beat ABC head-to-head among Men 18 � 49.

Scare Tactics (10pm and 10:30pm)

� Scare Tactics made a triumphant return to the network with two brand new back-to-back episodes in the 10pm hour. At 10pm, Scare Tactics delivered a 1.4 HH rating, 1.12 million Adults18-49, 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 1.92 million total viewers. At 10:30 pm, the program delivered a 1.4 HH rating, 1.2 million Adults 18-49, 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 1.95 million total viewers.

� Scare Tactics delivered its top two telecasts ever for Adults 18-34, with the 10:30pm telecast of Scare Tactics reaching a series-high with 623,000 Adults18-34, and the 10pm episode following with 578,000 Adults18-34.

� Both episodes also delivered the best performances for Scare Tactics in all key demos for any episode since the initial series premiere night on April 4, 2003.

� Compared to the season 2 premiere in March 2004, Scare Tactics' 10pm episode was up 18% in Adults18-34, 23% in Adults18-49 and 36% in Adults 25-54.

After debuting in January 2008 to record-high ratings, Ghost Hunters International averaged a 1.5 Household rating and 2 million total viewers over its seven-episode run this winter. A spin-off of SCI FI's immensely popular Ghost Hunters series, Ghost Hunters International features a squad of real-life "ghost-busters" � ordinary people who investigate and attempt to debunk claims of otherworldly activity. The new team travels the world to different cities each week in pursuit of the truth behind bizarre supernatural claims. The success of its record-breaking debut season cemented Ghost Hunters' place as the #1 paranormal franchise in cable!

Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International are produced in association with Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Films and Television (American Chopper, Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Rob Katz and Alan David, serve as executive producers.

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live hosts the all-new season of the frighteningly funny hidden camera show Scare Tactics. Set up by friends and loved ones, unsuspecting victims are placed into elaborately staged scary situations involving movie-style special effects and makeup. The horror hoaxes are skillfully designed to tap into the wildest fears of the prank's prey. Viewers laugh along to the hilarious reactions of the show's "stars" as they are caught off-guard and on-camera. Hallock Healey Entertainment produces Scare Tactics.

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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