Some reduced competition from the major networks didn’t help Stargate Universe at all when Syfy aired the mid-season finale on Tuesday. “Resurgence” drew an estimated 1.094 million viewers, down 6 percent from the previous week.
The episode held on to last week’s slightly improved 0.5 rating in the all-important demographic of adults 18 to 49.
The show faced a very different line-up of competition on the major networks, following last week’s conclusion of Dancing With the Stars. ABC moved its new sci-fi/fantasy series No Ordinary Family into the Tuesday 9 p.m. time slot, where it drew 6.228 million viewers (below average for the series).
Instead of NCIS: Los Angeles CBS aired a repeat of the original NCIS, picking up a very healthy 15.049 million viewers.
NBC’s The Biggest Loser weighed in with a 8.309 million average for its two hours, while 6.653 million tuned into FOX for Raising Hope, followed by 3.363 million for Running Wilde at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively.
In other Syfy ratings news, last Friday’s new episode of Sanctuary (“Breach”) drew 1.483 million viewers, an 18 percent improvement over the previous week.
SGU has averaged 1.0782 million viewers in the first half of Season Two, which premiered on September 28. The show started with 1.175 million (“Intervention”), and peaked two weeks later with 1.222 million (“Awakening”). The season low was episode six, “Trial and Error,” with an estimated 967,000 viewers (Live + Same Day).
Ratings that factor in a week’s worth of DVR viewing typically saw an uptick of 40 percent or more.
The ten episodes maintained a perfect record when it came to never moving the same direction two weeks in a row. A drop in ratings was always followed by an increase, and vice versa. This illustrates the fact that, while the show did better in live viewership on Friday nights, its Tuesday viewership was rather steady, overall.
Check out our full chart of Season Two’s ratings here.
Syfy is expected to announce whether or not it will renew Stargate Universe for a third season later this month or in January, after the holidays. SGU returns with another 10 new episodes next spring! Stick with GateWorld every week through the hiatus for our coverage of the entire Stargate franchise.