via SCI FI press release:
SCI FI Channel is #1 Cable Network
Ghost Hunters is #1 Cable Program
New York, NY – April 16, 2009 – Last night, an episode featuring an investigation at the Georgia Aquarium’s Titanic exhibition delivered season-high ratings for Ghost Hunters, reflecting the series’ blockbuster fifth season. Airing Wednesday from 9-10pm, the premiere delivered a 2.0 Household rating, 2.9 million total viewers, 1.8 million Adults 18-49 (all season highs) and 1.8 million Adults 25-54. In addition:
Ghost Hunters was the #1 cable program on Wednesday for Adults 25-54 viewers for the 5th time in 6 weeks and was the #2 cable program for the day among Adults 18-49
In 8-11pm prime, SCI FI was the #1 cable network for both Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54
In the six weeks since Ghost Hunters began its 5th season, SCI FI is the #1 cable entertainment network on Wednesday nights for Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 as well as #1 for the night in Women 25-54, Women 18-49 and Men 25-54.
Ghost Hunters is also a dominant force with repeat episodes, as a 10pm repeat telecast of the series delivered 1.1 million Adults 25-54, outperforming the series premiere of Pitchmen on Discovery and a new episode of and Dog the Bounty Hunter on A&E that aired in the same timeslot.
Next week, in a special crossover episode, the Ghost Hunters International team is called in when Jason and Grant need explanation for the bizarre activity around their newly purchased inn, located in Whitefield, NH. Then, on Wednesday, April 29, the team heads to massive, abandoned Essex County Sanatorium in New Jersey for the chilling mid-season finale.
In October 2004, SCI FI introduced Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson – plumbers by day, Ghost Hunters by night! Its spin-off series, Ghost Hunters International, recently wrapped a successful first season that cemented the Ghost Hunters brand as the top paranormal franchise in cable. The franchise just expanded further with the greenlight of a brand-new pilot, Ghost Hunters: New Generation. Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters: New Generation are produced in association with Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Films and Television (Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter, My Fair Wedding). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Rob Katz and Alan David, serve as executive producers.
SCI FI Channel is a television network that fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com <http://www.scifi.com>) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 95 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.