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Spike Picks Up Off-Net Rights to Meteor, 'Storm'

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Spike TV has snatched up the off-net rights to the apocalyptic NBC miniseries Meteor and The Storm, with an eye toward running both programs at the tail end of August.

The Viacom-owned cable network plans to leverage its latest acquisitions as a means to promote its upcoming unscripted series Surviving Disaster. Bowing Sept. 1, the one-hour program offers viewers guidance on how to walk away from all manner of deadly situations, including bioterrorism, shark attacks, plane crashes and earthquakes.

NBC originally aired Meteor on successive Sunday nights (July 12 and 19), averaging 5.16 million viewers and 1.56 million adults 18-49 over the four-hour run. Spike will give the movie its cable premiere on August 30, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Scheduled to air on NBC July 26 and August 2, The Storm will blow into the Spike lineup on August 31 at 8 p.m.