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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