America is, apparently, continuing to come around to the charms of a steady diet of Ghost Hunters, Amanda Tapping and Enterprise marathons as the Sci Fi Channel has its most successful year yet.
According to a press release from the Sci Fi Channel itself, 2008 saw audience growth of around 7% overall, with a staggering 14% increase in women aged 18-49 (or 12% increase among Women 25-54, if you'd rather skew a little older). The network is now the ninth-most watched cable channel in the US in the 18-49 demographic, and the fifth in the 25-54 age group.
Most Valuable Player for the channel seems to be Ghost Hunters, which gained an additional 41% viewership this year, and won its Wednesday timeslot in both 18-49 and 25-54 agegroups. No surprise, then, that the release about the success of the channel was followed by one announcing that Ghost Hunters has been renewed for a sixth season.
There is light at the end of the tunnel for those who fear that the future of the channel is just reality shows, however - despite positive mentions for Destination Truth and Scare Tactics - Eureka and Sanctuary are singled out for their ratings in addition to the concluding Battlestar Galactica and Stargate: Atlantis, with Eureka actually delivering more total viewers than Ghost Hunters (2,972,000 versus 2,783,000). All we have to do now is get even more people to watch Eureka and show TPTB at Sci Fi that they should invest in more drama than supernatural phenomenon series...
SciFi Scores Best Year Ever in all Key Demographics [TV By The Numbers]