Retrieving text from a query fired in Rails

Why don't you just use:

numscens = Progression.find(:first, :condition => :id => params
[:progressionid]), or even simpler:
numscens = Progression.find(params[:progressionid])

I believe, inserting the params directly like that can make you open
for SQL injection attacks.

And then, to use it from there, just use: numscens.

If you want to make it available to your view, use:
@numscens = ....
then use <%= @numscens %> anywhere in your view