Sci Fi Channel’s “Stargate Atlantis” skyrocketed out of the gate Friday, grabbing the biggest rating of any series in the channel’s history.
Premiere netted 4.2 million overall viewers, propelling Sci Fi to the top spot in ad-supported cable for the night. Skein, which posted a 1.7 national rating/6 share in 18-49 and a 2.1/6 in 25-54, also ranked as the No. 1 show on cable for the day among those key demos.
Bow for “Atlantis” eclipsed that of the previous ratings record holder — the eighth-season premiere of “Stargate SG-1” — with 30% more viewers tuning in. “Atlantis” stands as the first episode of any series on Sci Fi to draw a crowd of more than 4 million viewers.
Program performed especially well in the male 18-49 (2.0/8) and 25-54 (2.6/9) categories.
Encore showing at 11 p.m. delivered an impressive 2.2 million total viewers.
Elsewhere Friday, Disney Channel’s original movie “Stuck in the Suburbs” attracted an aud of 3.7 million, including 1.6 million in kids 6-11 and tween demos. Movie scored Disney’s highest rating since last summer’s Raven-Symone starrer “The Cheetah Girls.”
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