A program that is airing on multiple channels — including 10 in the U.S. — and in 181 countries worldwide is expected to be watched by 40 million people this week.
TheWrap.com reports that Fox is projecting that number for its “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” which debuted Sunday to a U.S. audience of 8.5 million people across 10 networks.
"Based on this U.S. Live + Same Day performance and the additional countries in which it will be airing this week, Fox is projecting that the global total audience number for the ‘Cosmos’ premiere this week will be more than 40 million," the story reports. "On the main Fox broadcast network itself, ‘Cosmos’ received a 2.1 rating in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic, and had 5.8 million viewers."
The competition Sunday on both broadcast and cable was stiff, the report notes, with ABC’s premiere of “Resurrection” delivering a 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demo and 13.6 million viewers, while HBO’s finale of “True Detective” had 3.5 million total viewers and AMC’s “Walking Dead” pulled in 12.7 million.
"In the U.S., [‘Cosmos’] debuted on Fox, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life," the report notes. "Internationally, the series debut will be available on a total of 220 channels in 181 countries."
The show is an update on Carl Sagan’s 1980 program "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," with the new version hosted by astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson.