Ratings are in for the second episode of Stargate Universe, and the show continues to struggle to find its audience on Tuesday nights.
“Aftermath” drew an estimated 1.07 million viewers last night at 9 p.m. on Syfy, down 9 percent from its season premiere the previous week (1.175 million). That’s according to sources at PIFeedback.com.
But the premiere — “Intervention” — did quite well up in Canada last Friday, with a reported 16 percent increase over the June season finale for the SPACE network. Since ratings in the U.S. and Canada tend to trend about the same for SGU, that’s a sign that viewers here haven’t abandoned Stargate but instead failed to track the change to Tuesday night (or they’re recording it and choosing another favorite Tuesday show to watch live).
SGU faces big network competition on its new night, including the live results show for Dancing With the Stars (16.7 million viewers this week) and NCIS: Los Angeles (16.15 million this week).
The first DVR numbers will shed more light on the story when they are available in about two weeks’ time.
This week is also Universe‘s first Tuesday with a lead-out show, with the mid-season premiere of Caprica. The episode, titled “Unvanquished,” was watched live by 889,000 viewers. (Syfy’s lead-in for the night is a repeat of the previous week’s episode of SGU.)
That’s a new series low for Caprica — which is also airing on Tuesdays for the first time — as well as its second trip below the 1 million mark. Approximately 1.1 million watched the mid-season finale in March.
New episodes of Stargate Universe and Caprica continue next Tuesday starting at 9 p.m. E/P with an episode we’re very excited about, “Awakening.” If you don’t mind a few spoilers, learn more about it now in GateWorld’s Season Two episode guide!
And stay tuned to GateWorld all week long for our full coverage of “Aftermath!” We have episode analysis, the summary and transcript, podcast, a high-res screencap gallery, and Omnipedia updates on the way.