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.