Another Jackson vs. Lucas contest this weekend, and the results came out pretty much the same. TNT was running Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and Spike’s broadcasting of the original trilogy came out on top by a pretty hefty margin: A New Hope pulled 2.5 million, Empire Strikes Back had 3.5 million and Return of the Jedi got 4.12 million viewers (just short of Revenge of the Sith’s 4.25 million) while King Kong‘s multiple airings only brought in 2 million at best. Poor Kong: It’s not a horrible movie, but it simply doesn’t have the rewatch potential of SW and LOTR.
Spike will continue to air one Star Wars film every Sunday through May 25th.
Sy Snootles and I thought you might appreciate this subtle reminder that Return of the Jedi is airing tonight on Spike.
The Empire Strikes Back tonight on Spike!
It’s Friday, April 11th, and that means one thing: A New Hope is airing on Spike tonight at 8/7C. (Okay, two things: a new episode of Battlestar Galactica at 10/9C.)
Gamers will also want to tune back in to Spike at midnight for GameTrailers TV, which will be showing another The Force Unleashed preview (“the world premiere of the duel mode in the Wii”) and SoulCalibur IV game footage of Yoda and Vader. (You can also catch all that at GameTrailers.com later.)
And don’t forget to vote in our poll on if you’re watching the movies on Spike! It expires Sunday night.
Independent confirmation, though probably still written off the press release. Still, Battlestar Galactica‘s ratings have improved, and the season premiere drew the show’s biggest female audience ever.
Revenge of the Sith pulled record ratings for the cable network, and Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace did pretty good, too. In fact, Spike did very well this weekend, beating everyone in key demographics but CBS, which was was showing some arcane college basketball ritual.
TNT made a valiant effort with Lord of the Rings, but it’s been almost two years since they premiered Return of the King.
Tune into Spike tonight for Episode II!
The Phantom Menace will kick off the saga on Spike tonight at 8pm (or maybe 7pm – check your local listings.) It runs for three hours, but you can at least watch most of it before Battlestar Galactica starts at 10pm. (TPM will also rerun tomorrow at 5pm, just before Attack of Clones.)
Today, LucasArts announced the latest release date for The Force Unleashed: September 16th in the US, September 17 in Southeast Asia and Australia, and September 19 in Europe. We’ll also get peeks at the game during the airing of the Saga on Spike. Beneath the cut is the schedule from the press release. Continue reading