It’s stood for more than five years, but the ratings record set by the series premiere of Stargate Atlantis has fallen.
Syfy Channel’s hit new procedural series Warehouse 13 has been setting new records almost on a weekly basis, as good watercooler buzz continues to increase the Tuesday show’s viewership. When the DVR-delayed “Live + 7 Days” numbers are accounted for, the show’s sixth episode earned a 3.2 household rating and drew 4.4 million viewers. That makes it the most watched regular series telecast in Syfy’s 17-year history.
Atlantis premiered on July 16, 2004, with “Rising” earning a 3.2 rating and an estimated 4.2 million viewers. It was a monster rating for the cable network at the time … and still today. Syfy says that Warehouse‘s sixth episode was #1 cable program on August 11 in prime time among total viewers and the Adults 25-54 demographic.
The previous week’s episode guest starred Atlantis‘s Joe Flanigan (“John Sheppard”), and actually also beat “Rising” in total viewers (though the Nielsen ratings number was a 3.0).
The new show is up significantly from the 3.5 million (2.5 rating) who watched the series premiere.
Warehouse 13 follows two Secret Service agents who find themselves abruptly transferred to a massive, top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government.
Warehouse 13 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. E/P on Syfy.