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Faced with stiff competition from "Monday Night Football," Sci Fi Channel's miniseries "Tin Man" took a hit in its second night but ended on a high note Tuesday.

"Tin Man," a six-hour mini that debuted Sunday to a network record of 6.3 million total viewers, fell 31% with Monday's Part 2 to 4.4 million, according to Nielsen Media Research. However, the second of its three installments aired opposite ESPN's telecast of the undefeated New England Patriots' last-minute victory over the Baltimore Ravens, which set cable viewership records by drawing 17.5 million viewers.

But "Tin Man," a new take on L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," got a boost in its final installment, averaging 5.1 million viewers from 9-11 p.m. Tuesday.

By comparison, Sci Fi's previous record holder, the 2002 mini "Taken," also fell in viewership on its second night, dropping 21% from 6.2 million viewers to 4.8 million.

In the key adult demos, "Tin Man" averaged 2.2 million viewers in 18-49 and 2.4 million in 25-54 on Monday night. For Part 3, it increased to 2.5 million in 18-49 and 2.7 million in 25-54. Part 1 had averaged 3.4 million in 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers in 25-54.

Over its three-night run, "Tin Man" averaged 5.3 million total viewers -- evenly split among male and female viewers -- along with 2.7 million adults 18-49 and 2.9 million adults 25-54, making it the most-watched Sci Fi mini ever and helping Sci Fi become the most-watched entertainment network in cable all three nights. By comparison, "Taken" averaged 5 million.

Sci Fi plans to rebroadcast "Tin Man" from 5-11 p.m. Sunday.

Elsewhere in cable ratings news, VH1's "I Love New York 2" continues to pull solid numbers, averaging 3.6 million total viewers at 9 p.m. Monday.
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