Firefly Ratings! By Science Channel Standards, Not Too Shabby

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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:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
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
4 FIREFLY SCI Sun 10:00P-11:00P 431
5 IDIOT ABROAD SCI Sat 10:00P-11:00P 397
6 FIREFLY SCI Sun 08:00P-10:00P 391
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
15 FIREFLY SCI Sun 11:00P-01:00A 291
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
20 FACTORY MADE SCI Mon 07:30P-08:00P 265
21 WHEN EARTH ERUPTS SCI Tue 09:00P-10:00P 254
22 FACTORY MADE SCI Thu 08:30P-09:00P 247
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.

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