Facing a supernova of TV rivals,
The heavily promoted, 13-part science documentary series, featuring astrophysicist host Neil deGrasse Tyson touring the universe in a CGI spaceship, arrives more than three decades after Carl Sagan's "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" debuted on
"Cosmos" marks an unusual roll-out for TV, and not just because it's a science program from a major broadcaster in prime time, but also because it was simulcast across a variety of outlets, including Fox,
On the big Fox broadcast network, the reboot drew 5.8 million viewers overall and a rating of 2.1 among 18-to-49-year-old viewers, a key demographic, and even though that's less-than-stellar numbers for a broadcast premiere, it's a good start for an educational program on a busy TV night. The 10-network 18-49 rating was a 2.9.
The 9 p.m. telecast, which began with a taped introduction by President Obama, faced heavy broadcast and cable competition, including the premiere of
Fox is projecting that 40 million people worldwide will watch the premiere this week.