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The Triangle Night One Shatters Ratings Records

The premiere of night one of SCI FI Channel's original miniseries THE TRIANGLE averaged a 3.7HH rating and more than 4.3 million viewers (P2+) in its 9-11:00 pm block. Night one of THE TRIANGLE is the highest-rated program to air on SCI FI since 2003 and is the channel's highest-rated and most watched miniseries premiere night since the Emmy Award-winning STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS TAKEN (12/2/2002, 4.9 HH/6.1 million P2+).

SCI FI's audience of more than 4.3 million bests the #2 entertainment program of the day, Nickelodeon's 5:00 pm telecast of SPONGEBOB, by nearly half a million viewers. THE TRIANGLE also delivered more total viewers than Fox's ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (4.1 million P2+) and KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL (3.1 million P2+), as well as all programs on the WB and UPN.

THE TRIANGLE was the #1 non-sports program on cable Monday second only to WWE's MONDAY NIGHT RAW on USA in HH ratings and P2+ audience delivery. SCI FI's miniseries THE TRIANGLE continues tonight (Dec. 6) at 9:00 pm and concludes on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

THE TRIANGLE marks the first collaboration between Hollywood filmmaking talents Bryan Singer (X-MEN, SUPERMAN RETURNS) and Dean Devlin (INDEPENDENCE DAY), with a teleplay by Rockne S. O'Bannon from a story by O'Bannon and Singer & Devlin. In the SCI FI Channel miniseries, billionaire Eric Benirall (Sam Neill) is losing his cargo ships and their crews at a frightening pace-and now, he wants answers. Looking to put an end to these disappearances once and for all, Benirall commissions a diverse team of discipline-specific experts, to get to the bottom of this legendary anomaly.

Benirall's handpicked team features lead skeptic and Florida-based tabloid journalist Howard Thomas (Eric Stoltz), deep ocean resource engineer Emily Patterson (Catherine Bell), meteorologist/adventurer Bruce Geller (Michael Rodgers) and psychic Stan Lathem (Bruce Davison). Pulled together with the promise of limitless funding for their research and the chance for once-in-a-lifetime riches, the team sets out to solve this most daunting of puzzles. Deepening the mystery is Meeno Paloma's (Lou Diamond Phillips) first-hand encounter with the deadly forces at work in the Triangle. The lone survivor of a Greenpeace expedition lost at sea, Meeno is having difficulty readjusting to the life he had before that fateful expedition. A research expedition with the promise of riches soon becomes a frantic, head-turning ride through the unstoppable force that is The Triangle.

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