Sci Fi's 'Tin Man' off to good start


Sci Fi Channel's journey down the yellow brick road paid off big Sunday night.

The first night of the network's six-hour miniseries "Tin Man," a new take on L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," averaged more than 6.3 million viewers from 9-11 p.m., making it the most-watched telecast in network history, according to preliminary ratings data released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. "Tin Man" surpassed the previous record holder, Part 1 of the 2002 mini "Taken" (6.1 million).

"Tin Man" also garnered the network's best-ever single-telecast performance in the key adult demos, averaging 3.8 million viewers in adults 25-54 and 3.4 million in adults 18-49.

That beats previous record holders "Taken" in 25-54 (3.7 million) and Part 1 of the 2000 mini "Frank Herbert's Dune" in 18-49 (3.3 million).

"Tin Man," produced by RHI Entertainment, stars Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough, Kathleen Robertson, Raoul Trujillo and Richard Dreyfuss.