The 10-episode premiere of Stargate Universe helped give Syfy Channel its best fourth quarter and one of its best years ever. The network has released a final ratings report on the show’s 2009 performance, which now includes full “Live + 7” DVR viewing data for all 10 hours.
SGU has averaged 2.57 million total viewers, the network said — an increase of 22 percent over Stargate Atlantis‘s final season. The show has averaged a 1.9 household rating (“Live + 7”).
In key demographics, Stargate Universe is up 51 percent over the final season of Atlantis among adults age 25 to 54 (1.63 million); 33 percent among adults 18 to 49 (1.43 million); and 28 percent among adults 25 to 54.
Its Friday night companion series, Amanda Tapping’s Sanctuary, has averaged 2.1 million viewers and a 1.6 rating for the majority of its 13-episode second season, which concludes January 15 at 9 p.m. with a 2-hour finale.
And over at Syfy.com, the SGU site has delivered 6.2 million page views, 913,000 unique visitors, 1.3 million visits and 4.1 million video streams.
TV by the Numbers has also posted an interesting break-down of Syfy’s top four scripted shows in 2009, and how interest in them breaks down by gender and age demographics. Their conclusion? SGU is “Syfy’s most popular show with young men 18-34 in Live+SD viewing. … But with women 18-49, and 18-34, SGU was the worst-performing of the four scripted Syfy shows that ranked in the top 50″ for all of basic cable.
Universe came in at #24 on the Top 50 list for all basic cable scripted shows, the site said. (Warehouse 13 was #22, Battlestar #23, and Eureka #28).
The average SGU viewer is 46 years old for Friday night ratings, and 45 for total live plus DVR, according to the site. That’s a bit older than Battlestar Galactica‘s viewers (43 and 42) and, as expected, younger than viewers of Warehouse 13 (51 and 50) and Eureka (51 and 49).
The network’s 2009 rebranding from “SCI FI” to “Syfy” appears to be a hit by all measures. The network says it will roll out the new name to its international networks in 2010.
Stargate Universe continues starting April 2 with another 10 brand new episodes to finish out the first season. Season Two has already been green-lit, with filming expected to begin around the first of March.
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