LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It was quite a weekend
for sci-fi fans as Spike TV aired three movies in the "Star
Wars" saga, and "Battlestar Galactica" returned with a new
episode on Sci Fi Channel.
"Galactica," which had its fourth and final season premiere
at 10 p.m. Friday, drew 2.1 million viewers, a 19% increase
over the series' so-called "Season 3.5" premiere in January
2007, according to Nielsen Media Research.
It also was up in the key demo of adults 18-49 (up 11% to
1.4 million, its best showing since January 2006).
Meanwhile, Spike TV aired the first three "episodes" of the
"Star Wars" saga during the weekend. Tops among the trio was
"Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith," which averaged
4.2 million viewers from 8-11 p.m. Sunday. That made it the
highest-rated movie in the network's history and the
highest-rated movie of the year among ad-supported cable
networks in adults 18-49 (2.4 million viewers).
Meanwhile, "Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace"
drew 2.8 million viewers from 8-11 p.m. Friday, and "Star Wars:
Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" averaged 3.3 million from
8-11 p.m. Saturday.
Spike also touted the fact that the three "Star Wars"
movies averaged 3.5 million viewers overall, beating
head-to-head competition with TNT's airings of "The Lord of the
Rings" trilogy, which averaged 2.7 million viewers.
The remaining three "Star Wars" movies air on Spike this