No ratings help for SGU‘s return
The move to Monday couldn’t help the show that Syfy Channel canceled last December, as Stargate Universe began its final run of episodes with a typical performance of just over 1 million viewers last night.
“Deliverance” drew an estimated 1.035 million pairs of eyes (Live + Same Day), slightly less than SGU‘s ratings average for the first half of the season, which was 1.078 million viewers (Live + Same Day) (chart). It’s also down 5 percent from the mid-season finale, which aired on Tueday, November 30 (1.094 million viewers).
The mid-season premiere earned a 0.5 rating in the all-important demographic of adults age 18 to 49.
This is the Stargate franchise’s first time airing on a Monday night, where Syfy has paired it with lead-in show Being Human. That series — an adaptation of a successful U.K. show — premiered in January to nearly 2 million viewers, and has averaged 1.55 million over eight installments.
Last night Being Human drew 1.46 million viewers.
Stargate on Mondays is trading in the Tuesday night champs of Dancing With the Stars and NCIS: Los Angeles (each of which averaged north of 16 million) for some new competition. ABC’s Castle and CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 were in repeats last night, and drew 5.6 million and 7.7 million viewers, respectively. NBC won the hour with a new episode of Harry’s Law, picking up almost 9.6 million. (FOX turns its 10 p.m. time slot over to local news.)
Not only was the show displaced from its Friday night time slot by wrestling, but it’s now up against WWE Raw on USA. That show earned more than 5.7 million viewers in the 10 p.m. slot.
Next week on SGU is “Twin Destinies,” an episode we’ve been very excited to see. Tune in Monday, March 14 at 10/9c on Syfy! You can read more about the episode in GateWorld’s Season Two episode guide.
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