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‘The Challenger Disaster’ Simulcast Draws 1.9 Million Viewers

Discovery Channel and Science Channel’s Nov. 16 simulcast of the movie The Challenger Disaster drew 1.9 million viewers, according the networks.

The movie, which stars William Hurt and chronicles the events following the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, drew more than 1.2 million viewers on Discovery and 730,000 viewers for Science Channel, according to Nielsen.

For Science Channel, The Challenge Disaster was the most watched program in 2013 and the third-most watched show in the network’s history, according to network officials.

Overall, more than 5 million total unique viewers watched The Challenger Disaster across several  runs on both networks over the weekend, said Discovery.