Stargate Universe headed into the cancellation void with a bit of a bang last night, scoring the show’s highest ratings since “Visitation,” the ninth episode of the season, aired last November.
As fans around the world bid goodbye to the third series and the Stargate franchise (at least on television), an estimated 1.134 million viewers (Live + Same Day) tuned in to the final episode of SGU. “Gauntlet” marked a 14 percent improvement over last week’s episode, and scored a 0.5 rating in the Adults 18 to 49 demographic.
We’ll have a wrap-up report on the big picture for the show’s ratings later this week.
The finale wasn’t any help as a lead-in to Sanctuary, unfortunately. The show followed SGU at 10 p.m. on Monday with just 756,000 viewers estimated for the episode “Wingman” (0.2 demo rating). This is a 10 percent drop from last week’s episode. Since the show moved to Mondays last month, it has lost more viewers every week — now at 47 percent down from the last episode to air on a Friday.
On the big networks, Dancing With the Stars dominated with 20.7 million viewers over two hours on ABC (8-10 p.m.). CBS’s sitcom pairing of a repeat of Two and a Half Men and a new Mike & Molly earned 6.5 million and 7.6 million, respectively. FOX’s The Chicago Code earned 5.7 million, and NBC picked up a little over 5 million with Law & Order: Los Angeles.
On Friday last week, WWE Smackdown turned in another 2.793 million viewer night. More significant is that 10 p.m. time slot, formerly occupied by Sanctuary. In its second week on Friday night, new reality series Urban Legends (narrated by Atlantis‘s David Hewlett) earned 1.090 million viewers — down 16 percent from its Friday night debut the previous week.
Stargate may be over (for now), but for the sake of reader interest and keeping tabs on how that scheduling strategy is working for Syfy Channel, we’ll continue to offer abbreviated ratings reports once a week here at GateWorld. New episodes of Sanctuary continue Mondays at 10/9c. In July the network will bring back its three summer scripted series — Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Haven — and also premiere Alphas, a new show we’re looking forward to checking out.