'GHOST HUNTERS' WRAPS PHENOMENAL 4th SEASON!
SCI FI Channel is #1 Cable Network Wednesdays at 9 PM
Series Achieves Historic Channel Highs
Among Women and Younger Viewers
SCIFI.COM's 'Ghost Hunters' Site Up Double Digits vs. Season 3
NEW YORK, NY�December 11, 2008�On Wednesday night, SCI FI's hit reality series Ghost Hunters wrapped its best season ever in all key demographics. Airing from 9-10pm, the season 4 finale episode delivered a 1.9 Household rating, 1.6 million Adults 18-49, 1.7 million Adults 25-54 and 2.8 million total viewers, making Ghost Hunters the #1 cable program in its timeslot for both Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. Compared to the season 3 finale (11/14/07), this is up +19% in Household rating, +11% in Adults 18-49, +20% in Adults 25-54 and +32% in total viewers.
Season 4 averaged a 2.0 HH rating, 2.8 million total viewers, 1.8 million Adults 25-54 and 1.7 million Adults 18-49 � all series highs. Compared to season 3 of the series, this is up +33% in Household rating, +41% in total viewers, +43% in Adults 25-54 and +33% in Adults 18-49.
This season, Ghost Hunters continued to prove its popularity among female and younger viewers, averaging highs of 938,000 Females 18-49 and 986,000 Females 25-54, both representing the best full-season performances ever for any SCI FI original series in these demographics. Among viewers 18-34, the series averaged 746,000 viewers � also the best full-season performance ever for any SCI FI original series.
Other season 4 ratings highlights include:
In Ghost Hunters' Wednesday 9pm-10pm timeslot, SCI FI is the #1 cable network in 2008 for Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54
Nine of the network's top ten original series telecasts ever among Females 25-54 were Ghost Hunters season 4 episodes, including the #1 telecast on 10/22/08 (1.2 million Females 25-54).
Nine of the network's top ten original series telecasts ever among Females 18-49 were Ghost Hunters season 4 episodes, including the #1 telecast on 10/22/08 (1.1 million Females 18-49).
Seven of SCI FI's top ten original series telecasts for Adults 18-34 viewers were Ghost Hunters season 4 episodes
�For Adults 18-49, this is the second-highest full-season delivery ever for a SCI FI original series, trailing only the first season of Battlestar Galactica.
�For Adults 25-54, this is the 3rd-highest full-season delivery ever for a SCI FI original series.
SCIFI.COM was a popular destination for Ghost Hunters fans, whose frequent visits to the site made this is the best season ever for the series online in all key metrics. In its fourth season (3/5 � 12/10), Ghost Hunters delivered 28 million page views (up +80% vs. season 3), 3 million uniques (up +16%), and 8.5 million video streams (up +125% from GH Season 3). Viewers also flocked to join the all-new Ghost Hunters social network, Join the Hunt, which has delivered 2.5 million page views since its launch on October 25.
This January, viewers can get their Ghost Hunters fix with all-new episodes of the series' successful spin-off, Ghost Hunters International, starting January 7, 2009 @ 9 PM. Ghost Hunters season 5 will premiere in March 2009.
In October 2004, SCI FI introduced Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson � plumbers by day, Ghost Hunters by night! Enjoying record-high ratings throughout its run, the series is currently celebrating its highest-rated season ever. Its spin-off series, Ghost Hunters International, has continued to cement the Ghost Hunters brand as the top paranormal franchise in cable since its January debut. The franchise just expanded further with the greenlight of a brand-new pilot, Ghost Hunters: College Edition. Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters: College Edition are produced in association with Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Films and Television (Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter, In Harm's Way). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Rob Katz and Alan David, serve as executive producers.
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