Stargate Universe has rebounded a bit in viewership since the mid-season finale last December. After peaking with 1.6 million viewers (“Live + Same Day”) tuning in for “Divided,” the spring season has gone up and down a bit with the sort of weekly variance one would expect.
“Human” did set a new low for the show, with 1.313 million viewers on Friday. But SGU rebounded significantly the next week, with 1.587 million for “Lost.”
Last week also marked the first time that SGU‘s lead-out series, Merlin, beat it in the Friday night ratings — though Stargate won in the coveted Adults 18 to 49-year-old demographic.
Here’s the full chart of the season so far, starting with the fall:
|EPISODE (air date)
|Air, Part 1 (Oct. 2)
|Air, Part 2 (Oct. 2)
|Air, Part 3 (Oct. 9)
||2.447 (season high)
|Darkness (Oct. 16)
|Light (Oct. 23)
|Water (Oct. 30)
|Earth (Nov. 6)
|Time (Nov. 13)
|Life (Nov. 20)
|Justice (Dec. 2)
For the second half of the season, so far:
|EPISODE (air date)
|Space (Apr. 2)
|Divided (Apr. 9)
|Faith (Apr. 16)
|Human (Apr. 23)
||1.313 (season low)
|Lost (Apr. 30)
|Sabotage (May 7)
None of these numbers include DVR-delayed “Live + 7″ data. Until that data is in, we won’t know just how much of its fall audience the show has lost in 2010 and how much shifted to viewing a recorded episode later in the week. For the first half of the season, those numbers added nearly 47 percent to SGU’s viewership, putting it in fifth place in Nielsen’s list of the shows which gain the most from DVR-delayed viewing (as a percentage of their premiere night audience) (story).
For the first half of the season, the series averaged 2.57 million viewers per week, with DVR data factored in (story).
The lower ratings for the second half of the season aren’t entirely unexpected, as any new series typically garners higher numbers for its premiere and tapers off from there to settle into its weekly average.
The numbers may also partially explain Syfy’s decision to give SGU a shot at the more watched and more competitive Tuesday night, starting with the Season Two premiere in October (story). (The network’s highest-rated original dramas, Warehouse 13 and Eureka, air on Tuesdays during the summer months.)
With the notable exception of last Friday, Universe has stayed on top for Syfy’s Friday night shows in 2010, drawing more viewers than either Caprica or Merlin.
Just four hours remain for SGU‘s freshman year. Don’t miss this week’s new episode, “Pain,” Friday night at 9 p.m. (8 Central) on Syfy!
Source: TVbytheNumbers and PIFeedback.com