Ratings data for all nine hours of Stargate Universe aired so far is in, courtesy of our friends at TVbytheNumbers.com. After slipping steadily in live viewership following the season high of “Air, Part 3,” the show’s numbers have started climbing again over the past two weeks.
Here’s the rundown of how many viewers tuned in to Syfy on Friday nights:
|EPISODE (air date)||VIEWERS (million)|
|Air, Part 1 (Oct. 2)||2.346|
|Air, Part 2 (Oct. 2)||2.346|
|Air, Part 3 (Oct. 9)||2.447|
|Darkness (Oct. 16)||2.099|
|Light (Oct. 23)||2.015|
|Water (Oct. 30)||1.974|
|Earth (Nov. 6)||1.626|
|Time (Nov. 13)||1.802|
|Life (Nov. 20)||1.891|
This chart doesn’t include “Live + 7 Days” ratings, which measure DVR-delayed viewing for the week following an episode’s broadcast. SGU gets a significant boost from delayed viewing. Syfy announced in late October that the first few episodes of the season were averaging 2.85 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in “Live + 7” numbers (story).
Various sources also indicate that, all-in-all, the “Live + 7” numbers have increased as the Friday night viewership has fallen — meaning the audience is still there, but has time-shifted more since the series’ premiere.
“While the same day numbers have down-ticked somewhat, the DVR percentages continue to rise,” SGU writer/producer Joseph Mallozzi said on his blog. “What does that mean? Well, we’ve retained all of our audience from the premiere — which is pretty damn impressive.”
Note that the “HH Rating” numbers published at TV by the Numbers, ranging from 1.5 for “Air” to 1.1 for “Earth” and “Time,” do not correspond to the average household ratings numbers released by Syfy Channel. The show’s top-rated episode (“Air, Part 3”) earned a 1.8 rating on that scale.
The Friday night slot continues to be a tough one for genre shows, with television viewership as a whole lower than most other nights of the week. Universe‘s early competition this fall was FOX’s Dollhouse, which was pulled off the air for the November sweeps period and has already been cancelled.
But Stargate Universe seems likely to be renewed, considering the ratings improvement from the last season of Stargate Atlantis (1.24 “Live + Same Day” average rating) and the network’s overall commitment to the franchise. SGU is Syfy’s second-highest rated show for the fall season (behind Ghost Hunters). With so much effort put into launching a new incarnation of Stargate this year, these numbers should be enough to get the show a second year.
Optimistic about their prospects (or knowing something we don’t know), in fact, the show’s writers have already started actively working on the first batch of episodes for Season Two. They’ll have to be ready to start filming in late February (or perhaps early March, after Olympic fever has left the city of Vancouver).
Just when will the announcement about the show’s fate come? In previous years when Stargate has aired in the fall, Syfy waited only a month or so before announcing the renewal (as in Season Four of Atlantis). Since the last episode of the season is only a few days away, we’re hoping to see a press release soon after that, when the network has ratings data for all 10 episodes to tout.
The second half of Season One won’t begin airing until April, weeks after filming on a second season will have commenced.
Head over to TVbytheNumbers.com for more ratings details. The mid-season finale of Stargate Universe airs Friday, December 4 at 9 p.m. (8 Central) on Syfy!
After the curtain falls on episode 10, GateWorld will have extensive coverage of the season so far all winter long.