From the Earth to the Moon Blasts Off With an Out of This World Rating

April 7, 1998

HBO Miniseries Tops the Four Networks in Its April 5 Debut on HBO

The ratings for FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON were out of this world when the first two hours of the HBO miniseries debuted SUNDAY, APRIL 5 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET). The exclusive presentation received a 12.8 rating/18 share, outperforming ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. ABC received a 3.3/5, CBS an 11.0/16, NBC a 6.8/10 and FOX a 7.7/11 in HBO homes, according to Nielsen ratings data.*

Ratings for separate hours:

"Can We Do This?" (8:00-9:00 p.m.) received an 11.4 rating/17 share, while ABC received a 2.6/4, CBS an 11.0/17, NBC a 7.0/11 and FOX a 7.8/12.*

"Apollo I" (9:00-10:00 p.m.) received a 14.1 rating/19 share, while ABC received a 4.1/6, CBS an 11.0/16, NBC a 6.6/9 and FOX a 7.7/11.*

FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON follows the voyages of America's Apollo astronauts and the 12 manned Apollo missions, from the early U.S. space efforts in 1961, when Alan Shepard became the first American to break the 100-mile barrier where space begins, to the final Apollo lunar mission in 1972. Tom Hanks serves as executive producer, as well directing one part, writing and acting in another, and co-writing other parts. The exclusive 12-part HBO miniseries event will debut on successive Sundays through May 10, with two one-hour dramas airing each Sunday night from 8:00-10:00 p.m. (ET).

Upcoming playdates for the first two hours of FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON include: "Can We Do This?," April 9 (midnight) and 11 (6:00 p.m.); "Apollo I," April 8 (10:00 p.m.), 9 (1:00 a.m.) and 11 (7:00 p.m.).

Nielsen Media Research, NHI program household ratings and shares for HBO, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in HBO's universe from 8:00-10:00 p.m. (ET) on 4/5/98. Qualifications available from Nielsen upon request.

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