Though Stargate Universe was cancelled by Syfy Channel back in December, we’re still watching the ratings numbers for the final 10 episodes. While “Hope” did stop the erosion in viewership, it didn’t offer anything to cheer about.
The fourth episode to air since the mid-season return drew an estimated 876,000 viewers on Monday night (Live + Same Day) — an improvement of 7 percent from last week’s series low.
While many viewers have clearly dropped the show from their live viewing habits since the cancellation announcement, the situation is made worse by the fact that SGU is paired with another original drama and is losing nearly one-third of its lead-in audience.
Being Human earned 1.299 million viewers in the 9 p.m. time slot, up almost 9 percent from the previous week.
On the main broadcast networks, ABC’s Castle drew 12.56 million viewers with a new episode. NBC picked up 8.54 million viewers with Harry’s Law, and 5.95 million found a repeat of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS.
WWE Raw also grabbed 6.23 million in the 10 p.m. hour on the USA Network.
Syfy hasn’t announced any data on the DVR viewership for the new episodes of Universe (and we don’t expect them to), so fans are left to speculate over whether viewers are shifting away from live viewing — or are waiting for the show to finish so they can catch up on the last episodes on their own time — or have dropped Stargate altogether.