DS9 Alums Break Cable Records With 'The 4400'By Michelle
July 14, 2004 - 7:30 PM
USA's The 4400, the miniseries written by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine veterans Ira Steven Behr, Rene Echevarria and Robert Hewitt Wolfe among others, has set a record for cable television ratings, becoming the most-watched new series premiere ever on basic cable.
The Futon Critic reported that 7.4 million viewers (a 5.7 household rating) spent two hours on Sunday night watching the original series debut, beating a previous record held by USA's The Dead Zone, which was created by another Star Trek alumnus, Michael Piller.
"We're thrilled with the extraordinary response to "The 4400" from critics as well as viewers," announced Bonnie Hammer, the president of USA Network. She credited creative marketing, promotion and the quality of the series for the triumph: "the total collaboration of a great team."
The Hollywood Reporter, via Yahoo!, said that USA's viewership in the coveted adults 18-49 bracket during The 4400 beat the network's Sunday primetime average by 130%.
Hammer said that the network had not yet decided whether to order more episodes of the series, which has four more hour-long episodes scheduled in the current miniseries.
More details are available at The Futon Critic.