December 6, 2007 / 5:36 AM / 10 years ago

Sci Fi's "Tin Man" recovers from ratings dent

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Faced with stiff competition from "Monday Night Football," Sci Fi Channel's miniseries "Tin Man" took a hit in its second night but ended on a high note Tuesday.

"Tin Man," a six-hour special that debuted Sunday to a network record of 6.3 million total viewers, fell 31% with Monday's Part 2 to 4.4 million, according to Nielsen Media Research. However, the second of its three installments aired opposite ESPN's telecast of the undefeated New England Patriots' last-minute victory over the Baltimore Ravens, which set cable viewership records by drawing 17.5 million viewers.

But "Tin Man," a new take on L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," got a boost in its final installment, averaging 5.1 million viewers from 9-11 p.m. Tuesday.

By comparison, Sci Fi's previous record holder, the 2002 mini "Taken," also lost viewers on its second night, dropping 21% to 4.8 million from 6.2 million.

"Tin Man" stars Zooey Deschanel as the world-weary heroine, DG (a.k.a. Dorothy Gale). Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough, Kathleen Robertson, Raoul Trujillo and Richard Dreyfuss round out the cast.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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