This is a drop of only one-tenth of a point from SG-1‘s 2-hour performance in the same time slot the previous week, and two-tenths of a point from the last Atlantis episode on September 9. It also ties the show’s lowest rating in its 14-month history, set by Season One’s “Home” last September.
The show faced stiff competition from new episodes on the big broadcast networks, as did SG-1‘s summer finale. Threshold, Ghost Whisperer, and WWE were among the competition.
Battlestar Galactica built on its lead-in at 10 p.m., with the mid-season finale “Pegasus” earning a 2.0 rating. This is an improvement of one-tenth of a point from the previous week.
Outside of the primetime block, Firefly scored a healthy 1.3 rating in the 7 p.m. slot with the SCI FI premiere of “Ariel.” This is up one-tenth of a point from the 1.2 rating earned by the previous week’s episode, “Out of Gas.”
With the season’s first half wrapped up, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis are both averaging a 2.0 rating for the season-to-date (both rounded up from an identical 1.96). SG-1‘s highest rating so far this season was for “Avalon” parts one and two (2.1), its low the finale “Prototype” and “The Fourth Horseman, Part 1” (1.8).
Battlestar Galactica has averaged a 2.1 rating to date for its second season. The premiere, “Scattered,” set the season’s high mark (2.6), with “Resistance” and “Flight of the Phoenix” tying with the low (1.9).
Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica will return to SCI FI in January with the second half of their current seasons. Catch reruns of your favorites this fall every Friday night.