‘Challenger Disaster’ Ranks As Science Channel’s Most-Watched Program of 2013

Challenger Disaster Most Watched Program

Simulcast drew strong numbers for the cabler in its Saturday timeslot

“The Challenger Disaster” produced stellar ratings for Science Channel Saturday night, as the scripted feature drew almost 2 million viewers in a simulcast across Science and Discovery Channel.

Broadcast ranked as Science’s most-watched program of the year, and third most-watched program in the net’s history.

The TV movie, starring William Hurt, averaged 730,000 viewers on Science Channel and 1.2 million on Discovery in its 9 p.m. timeslot. By weekend’s end, over 5 million viewers had tuned into the special and its encore broadcasts.

“The Challenger Disaster” follows the story of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Richard Feynman’s role in the investigation of the Challenger space shuttle crash.

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  1. A.L. Hern says:

    The high ratings probably indicate that nobody watching (except me) realized that “The Challenger Disaster” –ninety minutes of William Hurt doing a Dustin Hoffman impression — was really just a loose remake of the 1951 Jimmy Stewart film “No Highway,” a.k.a. “No Highway in the Sky.”

  2. Barbara says:

    Can someone help me. I watched the show from 9:00 to 11:00 on Saturday (well I recorded) and it just ended…was there a second show. It ended when they were discussing the o-rings in congress.

  3. Paul goodwin says:

    What a excellent movie to reveal malfeasance of government agencies. I actually was on the pad 2 days before that launch and remember the cold and wind. i worked for EG&G, it was so cold that lockheed guys didnt want to go out so we did the work. in a different life episode I had a federal homeland security pilot moon light and fly my tourist open cock pit biplane N64je around the florida keys and ruin my 11 year business. His 3rd day at work he ran out of gas, crashed in ocean. He was texting his homeland security boss 10 minutes before the crash, he saved his government issued gun before the passengers were out of the water. He lied to me, faa, ntsb, a Florida judge, had me arrested while I was at my 11 year business. Used his bosses name from homstead florida 6 times on court papers. He would not go to court because I had witnesses to his lies. After case was dropped I presented to our local police that a federal officer lied on sworn court documents. Local police said I had bad luck, state attorney said “he had no criminal intent”. After that cover up I have been in contact with FBI and homeland security as federal sworn officers are not supposed to lie on sworn documents. FBI calls and says” it’s been a long time” (statute on false arrest is 4 years) it’s been 2, homeland security inspector general Washington, D.C. Calls and said I really wasn’t harmed and as for lying on a restraining order this is a quote ” everyone lies on those” . There you have it , every agency of the government will cover for their own. The brave pilot even met a friend on a dating website, within a couple lines she realized who he was, she called him an idiot for crashing my plane, he blamed it on my bad Maintenance, she said read the ntsb report it says he should check his gas, he threatens to sue her and our marathon gang .I’m writing a book about my involvement in this and some other forest gump moments.

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