Whether you blame the show or blame the scheduling (or a little of both), there’s one reason why Syfy Channel decided to drop Stargate Universe: the show couldn’t pull in enough viewers in its new Tuesday night time slot. How well do you think it will do tonight?
While an eleventh-hour renewal is all but impossible, the show will at least have the benefit of trying out another timeslot when it returns tonight to launch its final 10 episodes. “Deliverance” airs at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific.
It will be the first time that a Stargate series had aired on Mondays. The Tuesday experiment proved a colossal failure for Syfy, which ended up cancelling both of its Tuesday night lab rats — SGU and Caprica. Stargate had the deck stacked against it: no lead-in show (and, in November, no lead-out either), and programmed against the network juggernauts Dancing With the Stars and NCIS: Los Angeles. Both of those series averaged around 16 million viewers (Live + Same Day) every week. NBC’s The Biggest Loser and FOX’s sitcom due were no slouches, either.
But even when the competition took the night off — for election night news coverage, for example — SGU wasn’t able to capitalize much and gain viewers.
Stargate‘s new Monday night competition includes:
ABC: Castle (repeat tonight)
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 (repeat)
NBC: Harry’s Law (new)
FOX: Local news
Castle was watched live by an average of 10.15 million viewers last week, while Hawaii Five-0 drew about 7.23 million for a repeat. 9.15 million tuned in for Harry’s Law.
Compared with two shows north of 16 million, the competition may be a little easier on struggling cable shows. Sci-fi genre fans will no doubt be attracted to Castle‘s Nathan Fillion and Five-O‘s Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica), though.
So, what’s your ratings prediction for tonight’s premiere of Stargate Universe? The first half of the season averaged 1.078 million viewers, leaving off with 1.094 million for “Resurgence” (story). The show has a lead-in now with Being Human (1.41 million viewers last week) … but is it enough to overcome viewers’ animosity at the network and lessened inclination to watch a cancelled show?