Recently a few crazy (and I mean seriously crazy) and rude fans attacked the lovely and talented Maurissa Tancharoen. The crazyness was in response to her tweeting that nobody in the Whedonverse supported the idea of fans contributing money to a theoretical collective aimed at raising enough cash ($300 million) to buy the rights to Firefly.
That was way too rational an approach for a few diehards, but rather than go ballistic on those dopes, I figured I'd distract myself with the rare opportunity to post actual ratings data for Firefly!
I didn't see any demographic info, but in terms of total viewers it did pretty well by Science Channel standards. Here's a look at the top 25 for Science Channel last week:
|1||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Fri||09:00P-09:30P||493|
|2||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Fri||08:30P-09:00P||475|
|3||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Fri||09:30P-10:00P||457|
|7||HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS||SCI||Mon||10:00P-11:00P||365|
|8||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Fri||07:30P-08:00P||340|
|9||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Fri||08:00P-08:30P||332|
|10||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Fri||07:00P-07:30P||329|
|11||HOW DO THEY DO IT||SCI||Fri||10:00P-10:30P||309|
|12||HOW DO THEY DO IT||SCI||Fri||10:30P-11:00P||299|
|13||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Fri||11:30P-12:00A||296|
|14||WHEN EARTH ERUPTS||SCI||Tue||11:00P-12:00A||295|
|16||WHEN EARTH ERUPTS||SCI||Tue||10:00P-11:00P||288|
|17||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Fri||11:00P-11:30P||273|
|18||WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYST||SCI||Mon||11:00P-12:00A||270|
|19||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Tue||06:30P-07:00P||266|
|21||WHEN EARTH ERUPTS||SCI||Tue||09:00P-10:00P||254|
|23||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Wed||08:00P-08:30P||246|
|24||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Fri||12:00A-12:30A||245|
|25||HOW ITS MADE||SCI||Tue||02:00A-02:30A||243|
As you can see, both the two hour pilot and episode one both were among Science Channel's top 10 telecasts for the week and an encore telecast of the pilot from 11a-1p ET ranked 15th.