Cartoon, Sci Fi nets enjoy ratings highs


Friday was a good night for sci-fi fans as Cartoon Network's "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and Sci Fi Channel's "Sanctuary" each got off to a good start.

The Force was strong for Cartoon as "Clone Wars" became the channel's most-watched series premiere ever. The CG-animated series from Lucasfilm Animation averaged 4 million total viewers in its debut at 9-10 p.m. Friday, according to Nielsen Media Research. That's 1 million-plus more than the April 18 series premiere of "Ben 10: Alien Force," the previous record-holder with 2.9 million total viewers. At 8 p.m. Friday, the new series "The Secret Saturdays" averaged 2 million viewers.

"This is a great start for our fantasy-action-adventure (lineup)," said Stuart Snyder, president and COO of Turner Broadcasting's animation, young adults and kids media group.

"Sanctuary," the first TV series to use live-action actors against primarily virtual sets, averaged 2.7 million total viewers at 9-11 p.m. Friday. It was the most-watched primetime cable entertainment program of the night among adults 25-54 (1.4 million) and No. 4 among adults 18-49 (1.1 million). (partialdiff)