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‘Epilogue’ ratings show improvement for SGU, but Sanctuary suffers

Tuesday - April 26, 2011
Category: RATINGS | Tags: , ,


Yesterday’s new episode of Stargate Universe picked up significantly in the ratings, with more than 1 million viewers tuning in to “Epilogue” — perhaps helped by SGU‘s new pairing with Sanctuary, starring former SG-1 actress Amanda Tapping.  But Sanctuary‘s move from Friday to Monday dealt a major blow to its own ratings.

“Epilogue” drew an estimated 1.092 million viewers to Syfy at 9 p.m. on Monday night (“Live + Same Day”), up 27 percent from the previous week.

Sanctuary didn’t fare so well at 10 p.m., with just 868,000 viewers.  That’s comparable to SGU‘s numbers at 9 and 10 o’clock this spring, but a far cry (39 percent, to be exact) from what Sanctuary was doing on Friday nights just three days earlier.

Last Friday the show gained 17 percent over its mid-season premiere with 1.424 million viewers, holding on to about half of WWE Smackdown‘s 2.825 million.

This goes a long way in supporting our theory that, for the average Syfy viewer, it’s not so much the show as the night that it is airing — and that whichever of the network’s three dramas they kept on Friday nights back in October would be the one to keep its ratings up in “renewal” territory.

Fortunately for Sanctuary, Syfy has already renewed it for a fourth season — and it certainly could return to the Friday night anchor spot when it returns in the fall.

Monday night on the big networks saw 4.07 million viewers for The Chicago Code in FOX’s 9 p.m. time slot.  CBS aired repeats of The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly, with 7.68 million and 7.86 million viewers, respectively.  NBC limped along with 4.62 million for the sci-fi-ish series The Event (which is actually a notable improvement for that show).

But the victor for the night was once again ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, which crushed the 90 minutes from 8-9:30 p.m. with over 22 million viewers.  That was followed by the sitcom Better Than You at 9:30, with 11.2 million.

Syfy’s line-up also faced an NBA play-off game this week, which averaged 3.35 million for TNT.

Don’t miss the penultimate episode of Stargate Universe next Monday!  “Blockade” airs at 9/8c on Syfy in the United States, followed by a new episode of Sanctuary.




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  • “it’s not so much the show as the night that it is airing”

    Yep.

  • That quote really does say it all. Looks like putting Sanctuary on Monday was a good experiment to test the theory. Good enough, now put them both back.

    So, MGM and SyFy, recall the escape pods. Let’s get back to work! Recall what cast you can and set a timeline to restart SGU … say in a year or two. Bring in an all-star cast to kick-start the interest. It can be done! Make it so!

  • Friday has always been Syfy’s most successful night, with double episodes of two or three original series that night. So the move was never going to be helpful. But Common Descent and Epilogue have been the best SGU episodes so far, so I think this week’s uptick can be explained both by Sanctuary’s lead in and viewers wanting to catch the continuation of the story started the week before. After losing viewers in season 1 due to focusing on personal drama rather than scifi, and Syfy’s horrible scheduling (seriously, a 4 month hiatus?), moving it for season 2 practically guaranteed its death.

  • Can you get the raitings for the show Sancturary was bumped for by any chance?

  • Does Syfy want Sanctuary out too? I guess Monday is the slaughterhouse where Syfy takes shows it wants gone. Will Syfy be smart enough to take its two biggest shows back to Friday for a one-two punch? Probably not, they don’t do SciFi anymore, they do wrestling.

  • captainstorm

    Seriously?? Childbirth 5 times over in 60 seconds was just wrong. I was upset that sgu was canceled, but with half the episodes ending with some horrid song and the lack of anything scifi… I can’t even form words this is just a very big disappointment. They should have just took the stargate and put it on One life to live if they wanted a drama show… and lets put it on during the day since its basicly a soap. Listen i’m some one who likes 98% of all scifi, I even liked enterprise and voyager.. just saying if I don’t like it.. its really bad. Just do us all a favor and bring back Atlantis!!! Lets face it everyone wants Atlantis! MGM Atlantis = $$$ SG1 DVD’s =$$$, I’m still pist that MGM took down the atlantis set to film hot tub time machine!!!

  • This episode was superior to similar episodes done in other sci fi shows, like ENT’s E2.

  • I don’t want more SGA – I want more SGU. Last nights episode was not only top qulity Stargate but also top quality Sci-Fi. As for ratings it’s quite obvious that w/e series has the lead in of WWE will receive the best ratings…

  • *headdesk*

    I don’t understand the thinking of any of the networks right now. Why do they feel the need to “compete” by pitting shows against each other in the same time slots when there are plenty of time slots during the week when there is NOTHING ON. I don’t understand why everyone sticks ALL their good shows into the same spot. For crying out loud, I often have THREE THINGS I’m watching all on at the SAME TIME, especially on Thursday nights, but the rest of the time there’s nothing (not that this affects anything in terms of numbers since I don’t get counted, but I still prefer to watch things live). Why not spread things out a bit? Especially if a show is doing poorly. Move it to a time when it isn’t going to be getting as much competition. And for the love of god, no matter HOW well a show is doing, putting it up against a show that’s getting 10 to 20x the numbers is a TERRIBLE. IDEA.

    Can we get some people with common sense in charge of scheduling now please?

    Thank god Space is keeping Sanctuary on Fridays. I’m not sure if the Canadian views normally get counted with the US views (since Space is a co-owner of the show), but if they do, might be good to keep in mind that the two are now on different nights.

  • “it’s not so much the show as the night that it is airing”

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

  • Sanctuary has never gotten stellar ratings, but they’ve never been bad– until now that is. :( Pax wasn’t so bad compared to this train wreck, in fact I’d rather have the ratings for Pax than this. IF and that’s a big IF, it does rebound, I can’t see it going up at much, and Castle last night was a repeat. Ratings like this can never happen again, tonight was just embarrassing, for the show, the cast and crew, and the fans, and it breaks my heart that happened.

    SGU did have great ratings, and they started to go down, even back in S1 on Fri, fans lost interest because… the show didn’t appeal to them, and they didn’t get good ratings on Fri, Tues or Mon, and Syfy must have seen that it made no difference what day it was on, there was no saving it. Sanctuary on the other hand as always got good ratings in Syfy, and Syfy must have seen that, and I hope they’ll see Monday doesn’t work, and Friday does. I also hope they’ll see that with Urban Legends.
    See, I don’t like to wish that a show fails, but if Urban Legends getting canned means Sanctuary will go back where it belongs, than so be it. I’ve read things from twitter, and many think it belongs on Fri. Anyway, SGU did have great ratings, and they started to go down, even back in S1 on Fri, fans lost interest because… the show didn’t appeal to them, and they didn’t get good ratings on Fri, Tues or Mon, and Syfy must have seen that it made no difference what day it was on, there was no saving it. Sanctuary on the other hand as always got good ratings in Syfy, and Syfy must have seen that, and I hope they’ll see Monday doesn’t work, and Friday does. I also hope they’ll see that with UL.

  • Is anybody surprise? I almost forgot it was on because I JUST watched an episode on Friday. Changing your date drastically in the middle of a run like that makes no sense, and you will almost ALWAYS loose lots of viewers who will still expect it to be on during its regular time.

    Sanctuary is about the only show in recent memory that I can think of where the show changed the day in the MIDDLE of a set of episodes. The only other show I can think of is No Ordinary Family which changed to Saturdays. It would have made sense to just change it to Mondays BEFORE it starts back with new episodes, not DURING the set of new episodes. That’s just asking to loose viewers!

    @Rocky many felt that Stargate belonged on Friday too but SyFy doesn’t care about fans, just viewers. Of course, if it keeps on axing shows like it has been then it won’t even have viewers, because the viewers, who are fans, won’t bother watching new shows for fear of them being canceled.

    Oh, and the ratings analysis in the news doesn’t make any sense. How can Stargate GAIN any from Sanctuary’s viewers when Sanctuary itself LOST viewers? If anything, I would think it wouldn’t matter since a lot of Sanctuary viewers are Stargate fans and they have probably already made the decision to watch or not watch the show.

    What will it take for SyFy to bring back that A-rating lineup of series like it had in Stargate SG-1/Atlantis/Battlestar? I thought that last fall they would try to bring that back with Stargate Universe/Sanctuar/Caprica but they failed epicly at that…I certainly hope Eureka and Warehouse 13 do not suffer any ratings woes because if they get canned that pretty much guarantees I will never again watch a new program on that network.

  • They are still airing Sanctuary on Fridays on Syfy. It is just a repeat of Mondays episode.

  • Glad to see the ratings slide upward but it’s truly of little consequence in the grand scheme of things. To address the 1 overly critical remark about the episodes quality and proclaiming we “all” want more SGA however; i really don’t. I mean i’d take it but really want i want is more SGU. Last nights episode was not only top quality Stargate but also top quality science fiction. This season has been fantastic and it’s sad to see the show cast aside with it’s creativity finally shining through. Back to the numbers however it goes w/o saying that whichever series has the WWE lead in will get the best numbers. And SyFy will never pull off another block such as SG1, SGA, BSG.

  • @Browncoat1984 Very well said. It always did good on Fri, some nights it did very good, and it’s first night on Mon it– it hurts to even think about it. :( What happened tonight DOES NOT reflect on the show, it’s the move, Syfy knew the risks, and it still did it. I also knew they’re be a drop, and but I didn’t think it’d crash and burn. The situation is completely different now, the show always bounced back on Fri, they’d go from high to not so high rating, now it’ll being back from low to low. If the ratings are bad again next Monday, then *hopefully* Syfy will see reason and move it back to Friday where it truly belongs. It has strived on Friday nights for a very long time, only to be disrupted by this pointless time change. Sanctuary always has been a solid, quality and unique show. So it’s definitely not the content that screws the show around.

    We are lucky Sanctuary got confirmed for a S4, because if Syfy made the move before that announcement, then I’m afraid Sanctuary would not have been renewed for another season. I’m still in disbelief about it, I feel Sanctuary was seriously hurt today, not just because of the ratings, I feel they were embarrassed, and I hate that. They got a good record, now it’s blown. This is something that should not have happened and now needs to be fixed.

  • It is sad, because Hollow Earth arc is over and show is awesome again.

  • Sorry, but sometimes I honestly think you people actually do live on another planet. Some of the quotes here just show a total lack of understanding of how things work on a network. I’m sad it’s died too, but seriously – think about what you’re saying…

  • I agree with you professorhenryjonesjr, most of us don’t understand the bone headed decisions the management of these stations make.
    SGU’s ratings dropped in the 1st half of season 2 because they put it on a stupid timeslot, had they left it on a Friday night, likely it would have improved as people recognised the improvements that had been made.
    I didn’t like the constant fighting amongst the crew either, or the stupid songs that were completely out of place in the show, and include immoral use of someone elses body via the stones. The fact remains that they listened to the criticism’s and made some major adjustments that worked very well.
    There are a fair few science fiction series where season 1 left quite a bit to be desired, normally things improved.
    If this was the 90’s still, then SGU would easily have made its full run, that decade was very kind to SciFi.

  • @captainstorm its obvious your completely bias for Atlantis and hate the fact that (as you see it) Atlantis was cancelled so they could bring in SGU. Buy had they kept Atlantis and aired SGU right after it like they did with SG1 to Atlantis you’d be telling a different story. So just so everyone is clear mr I like 98% of all scifi is still Pissed that Atlantis was cancelled and that’s why he hates SGU and its him and fans like him. If you can call them fans. Are the reason the entire Stargate franchise has been shelved!

  • Darren

    @Jedi40: There is currently a rerun of Monday’s episode scheduled for 11 p.m. on Friday (outside of primetime), but so far that’s not continuing into May.

    @Browncoat1984: It is mathematically possible for Stargate to gain viewers and rate higher than Sanctuary if the shows’ audiences don’t entirely overlap — i.e. if some viewers normally watch Sanctuary (part of their 868,000) but not SGU.

    @TheAdmiral: We’ll definitely be watching to see how Urban Legends performs in the post-wrestling time slot this Friday, and report it next week.

  • Every 10-15 mins or so, Syfy is getting ravaged by comments on their Facebook page “Save SGU” “Frack you SyFy” “Why have you moved Sanctuary” etc etc etc

    Surely they must realise what they have done? I don’t understand the mentality of it..

  • SyFy is a joke like the whole Universal.
    They killed Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon and now SGU. Im done with that company.

    SGU is epic!

  • (Humming Crash Bandicoot theme now; will be with me for several days!)

  • if they would go back to friday nights and take off wwe they wouldnt be axing SGU and now sancuary is suffering give me a break. TAKE OFF WWE and give us our friday nights back please

  • Urban Legends is a poor rehash of Mostly True Stories: Urban Legends Revealed that was on The Learning Channel / The Discovery Channel

  • I liked Epilogue, but not because it was sci-fi because it wasn’t. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, simply being on a ship or on another planet does not make it sci-fi. I liked last night’s episode because it spoke of the camaraderie of the crew. For once, the over-saturated, unrealistic drama was set aside. The dissenter was treated like the outcast rather than as the order of the day. That was it’s biggest appeal. People actually got along. For the first time since the show started, there wasn’t a part that made me think that the show would have been better if the ship exploded right after they got on it.

    The part with TJ and ALS did come close. They tried too hard to force something bad into it, as usual. But it was largely downplayed and it is years off (past the 5 season mark, actually, so if they were true to their word and meant for it to be a 5 season show, then they would not have even had to really deal with it during the initial arc). But did anyone not know the moment they said there was a cure in the database that they were going to end up not getting that part of it? Way too predictable. And what of the people they picked up from offworld? No one with medical knowledge among them? Seems a bit ‘odd’.

    So yeah, they really blew it on that aspect. But the rest of the show was good.

  • Can we please drop the whole “Atlantis was killed for SGU! Bring back Atlantis!”? Its been more than TWO years people, NOTHING is coming back, its ALL gone. Why can’t the haters recognize that we are ALL Stargate fans whether we like SG-1, SGA or SGU? I don’t think I’ve ever seen this kind of hate in the Star Trek fandom, whether you like TOS, TNG, DS9, Voy or Ent. Sure, people will say one show was terrible but certainly they don’t say that others are stupid for liking it and that everyone had to conform to THEIR views.

    Stargate’s over people. We have two more episodes and that’s it. We will never have another Altantis season or movie, SG-1 season or movie, or SGU season or movie to finish any remaining plotlines. Chances are, whatever form Stargate takes after this will be very different from what we know today. Why can’t we all recognize that we’re ALL Stargate fans?

  • @Browncoat1984 Remember what Brad Wright said about the angry atlantis fans …. that’s why this arguing is always pursuing. “I don’t think if we for any reason go away, it is an issue necessarily of the quality of the product that we’ve been making. I think getting moved on the schedule has hurt us. And the fact that some of the fans that liked SG-1 and Atlantis were so angry that they have deliberately hurt us, which is unfortunate.” – Brad Wright

  • How is watching the histories of alternate versions of the crew created via time paradox not sci-fi. And yes, until we have actual space ships with people traveling faster than light to other planets then any show that does so is sci-fi. SGU IS sci-fi, Epilogue was a very sci-fi episode. @Captainstorm, it’s sad that you can be upset about the creation of life i.e. and episode showing 5 births but seem to have no problem with several Jaffa getting shot point blank by machine guns. It’s a sad state when the only way someone can consider something sci-fi is if it’s about killing.

  • I thought the episode was pretty good even being a ripped off storyline that I’ve personally seen in at least two other series. Has anyone else put the connection together that we now know the seed ships are at least two thousand years ahead of the destiny. Seems like a stretch considering how similar a seed ship and destiny are. But that’s stargate for you. They never were very good at continuity. Even David Blue mentioned that in an interview once at the end of the first season. I think this show could be the basis for a relaunch of the stargate franchise one day. Maybe a series about the Novus colony. Personally I’m hopping for a book series to finish off the SGU storyline but if they could find a way to maybe keep destiny in contact with the Novus group you could possibly get some back story to destiny in any stargate series in the future.

  • @Skiznot – Because there was no focus on how they got there or any scientific aspect of it. Just ‘strange things happen with gates and solar flares’. And until they give a plausible explanation of how the FTL drive works, even if only within the stargate universe, it’s fantasy, not sci-fi. They’ve done nothing to deal with the science of it. It may as well be magic (ie Clarke’s third law). It was a really good episode..just not sci-fi.

    What I don’t understand is why there’s such a need for it to be considered sci-fi. It doesn’t have to be sci-fi to be a good show. How about we just call it speculative fiction, which encompasses both sci-fi and fantasy?

  • So if the last two episodes do really good will that mean that they may continue SGU?

  • @blackcat124gt – The decision of whether or not SGU would continue was made several months ago. The ratings will have no effect on this.

  • Stargate is officially coming to an end… With the last 2 episodes left… There’s nothing else besides the literature books. I’m not a huge fan of creating the images in my head so I doubt I’ll be reading up on those. Stargate Alliance never made it past development and died early. Stargate Worlds made it to closed beta (Got to try it btw) but died. Stargate Resistance (also beta) died fast… It’s official… Stargate is finally coming to an end D:

  • Epilogue wasn’t stellar because the Amish looked Pissed me off big time—sure it played will to the story, but I hated it. But I watched it though, and after watching all those BIRTHS, I realized that what I was seeing wasn’t a bit of us spending most our lives living in an Amish paradise, but, it showed the progression of a destitute few, becoming an astounding, almost Alteran like majority. Everybody hooked up and seeded the gene pool, it was so cool. And Camila got to live long enough to share something as well; her words of Wisdom. But Brody, Brody, got to be that old guy who chases kids off of his lawn. Classic. We’re going to need 2 million to show these people we’re serious about keeping the SGC going. So if you’re a dope dealer, or if you work for Goldman Sachs, or any Invest bank on Wellsteet, then, promise to buy MGM’s debt in exchange for them bringing back SGU. I was watching Inside Job for the third time, and after watching the story about the Wallstreet wives who got almost 300 million to go shopping with the bail out money, I got to thinking that we need only 3 million from that 300 million.

  • Why can’t people accept this is it? It is dead. They will NOT renew SGU now, whatever the ratings of these final episodes. Last I heard, the sets had been taken down.

  • sell the franchise to someone else. mgm seems to not want to do anything with stargate anymore, so let another company make the movie for the fans!

    about sanctuary’s ratings…

    let’s see if they can improve on mondays, before throwing in the towel.

  • I was an SG-A,-1 whiner last year. I ended up really liking SGU, never missed an episode, and really enjoyed Epilogue.

    I’ll be sad to see it go.

    I’ll be sad to lose Sanctuary after next year. I’ll have 3 shows left I care about on SyFy, but I’m not watching any new ones. Most of my attention is going towards new content on TNT, FX, A&E (catch up on Rubicon if you haven’t seen it, that one is intense) these days.

    SyFy can go … wrestle itself.

  • SGU was just getting interesting, though it was missing some off the humor of the other SG’s, and needed more interaction with other species..BUT IT HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL. Even one more season to tie up loose ends and turn it from a good show to a great show.

  • captainstorm

    Imperious.. You seem to totally have missed the things I pointed out about SGU that have made it a horrid show. Also i’m not sure how the fact that i’m an atlantis fan leads to the end of the stargate series. I’m sure you probably like BSG too which would make sense since SGU is filmed in the same format. For the record I don’t like BSG ether. I beleive BSG was the beginning of the end for all scifi shows. They did good for 1 season and all the sudden the networks thought thats how scifi should be filmed. Then they canceled everything else and Yes atlantis was one of them… so they could make a BSG Stargate Series.. If you really can’t see thats what has happened then your in complete denial and will probably watch anything syfy comes up with.

  • captainstorm

    I’m sorry Imperious, I ment this post for Starscapesg1.. I usally just read on here and don’t post much but with Syfy’s Cancelation StarGate I’m not too happy.

  • Come down off that pedestal. You’re being single minded, and making some utterly outrageous generalizations. You claim that there’s some sort of band wagon, that “the networks thought thats how Sci-Fi should be filmed”. Now I interpret this in two ways: That these “networks” (which ones precisely?) felt that good Sci-Fi took place on space ships, where the inhabitants are forced to fend for themselves. Alternatively, you could mean that Sci-Fi shouldn’t just be about technobabble and technological speculation, but about asking moral and ethical questions that are relavant to the situations present in our own time. The former I strongly disagree with, the latter, however I wholeheartedly agree with you.

    Now about BSG briefly. I could never really get into it when it was airing because it was so serialized. But I recently watched every episode and Razor in a sort of marathon, and I now love it. I like to think there are two types of viewers, with grey area between: The watchers and the thinkers. The watchers are aesthetic viewers, they like explosions and weird, interesting pieces of technology that do cool things. The thinkers are less concerned with presentation, and are more interested in substance. Not “how” is this character going to solve this problem (as the watcher perceives a show), but “what does this situation mean to me”. You are obviously a watcher, who clearly failed to see the moral dilemmas that are so incredibly relevant to our time. A fairly simple one, how do we deal with people we have grown incredibly close to suddenly betraying us (Minor spoiler: Boomer).

    And to claim that all new Sci-Fi shows are following this “drama in space” motif is incredibly ignorant. While I haven’t seen any of the new shows, I know the basic premise of some of the new ones, and I assure you being Human is entirely spaceship-free.

    Sure I’m disappointed that SGU was cancelled. And I agree, as someone said, that obviously the writers listened to the concerns of fans. For instance, although I’m still not a huge fan of Chloe, I’ve certainly begun to care for the character (although she is still, doubtless, the most meaningless character one the show. I’d take Varro over her any day).

    And another random tangent I had, but a quick question for the furious comenters. What happened to a proper into? I miss he good ole days when I could turn on SG-1 and hear that glorious themesong play over the opening credits.

  • @Excalibur – Amen about the intro. The last Star Trek did this too in an attempt to be contemporary they replaced the traditional intro with a stupid song. I missed having a theme song I could hum to myself with Enterprise and I miss it with Stargate Universe too, especially since the rest of the music of the series, like all of Joel’s work for Stargate has been brilliant…unlike Star Trek, which with the exception of Best of Both Worlds has had terribly music in the TV series (except the main themes). In fact, I used to think that Trek was the norm for music in TV series until I watched Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica and Stargate and realized that Trek was actually the exception rather than the norm.

    To MGM and whoever takes the reigns for the next Stargate series: CALL JOEL GOLDSMITH AND HAVE HIM DO THE MUSIC! I don’t care if its a Star Trek style reboot or Doctor Who style reboot but he needs to be involved with the music. His music has been an important part of Stargate’s history.

  • Still with the excuses. SGU’s ratings were plummetting on Fridays, thats why it was moved and they still plummetted on Wednesdays when other shows thrived!. The show is one of the most expensive shows on Syfy and it needed better ratings than it was getting and it wasn’t getting them on fridays or wednesdays.

    But SGU was never going to get the ratings that Brad wanted – remember he hoped for 1.6 million viewers MORE than SGA and thats what he probably promised MGM and Syfy. But SGU couldn’t increase its audience on any night and that is down to the show itself. But here we go again with the blame game. I guess its Syfy’s fault that nearly one million stopped watching while it was on FRIDAY night.

    As for all being Stargate fans, SGU wasn’t Stargate. It was some hybrid BSG Stargate where the producers just used the Stargate name and little else. It was a soap opera set in a scifi setting. Epilogue pretty much confirmed that. All those relationship scenes “giving birth” scenes and digging in the garden really felt like Stargate. A handful of weak whiny people are suddenly populating an entire society.

  • Perhaps they should air the episodes every night of the week and see how that goes? Surely someone would record it if they’re not going to be in to watch it. Dur!

    If only they would include torrent downloads – at least to see how many people have been downloading the episode. Oh but wait, TV executives are still the dinosaurs of our age.

  • @0s1r1s – Or maybe the tv executives are smart enough to realize that people downloading the product online for free doesn’t pay the cost of making the show.

    Syfy cancelled the show because it wasn’t making THEM money. MGM let go of the show because no one else was willing to pay THEM money to make it. The actors and writers looked for other jobs because THEY were no longer going to be paid to do it. See a trend here? See why people downloading torrents means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things? Popular downloading and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee…and that’s only at mcdonalds. If you want Starbucks, you’re still SOL.

    Consider what you do for a living. Now consider that the users of whatever product or service that customers pay your company for decide that they won’t pay for it anymore, but 10 times as many are willing to take it for free. So you have a tremendously popular product or service that no one is paying for. When the company stops giving you paychecks because there is no longer money to do so, how long are you going to hang around? I trust that you’ll hang in there and work for free because the product is so popular.

  • i knew this was going to happen!!! why are the doing this to sanctuay?!! it was doing so darn well on friday nights. these bozos are never going to learn, are they? they killed sga, they killed sgu, and they are now killing sanctuary. i hope amanda talks to them and maybe they can place the show back on fridays nights. ugh!!!

  • Bozos indeed.One can not even look at them as greedy ominous corporate suits who care only about profit.That would be ok,cause in that case they’d be making sane business decisions..that would be good for everyone.But no,it’s much easier to expect money return overnight by doing cheap reality shows.Thing is,by doing so they’re only hurting their own pockets longterm..as for the most of us,we’ve already lost our shows and left.Sanctuary droped almost twice in ratings for monday.Ok who’s next,well Eureka is the only thing left,isn’t it?Jeez
    Once those frustrated souls had left,the ones who didn’t have any serious intention to watch it anyway,the SGU had fairly constant numbers..untill it was moved with the start of the 2nd season.If “they” didn’t have a “plan” for it,it would’ve survived and by now it’d be even gaining numbers.
    It’s not so much about a show as it is about scheduling.Finally that fact has been acknowledged and those words spoken!

  • Bring the show back will never happen, it’s much cheaper to produce substandard programming like reality shows. When you boil it all down, it’s a matter of dollars and reality shows are cheap to make…but then again, the fans of these shows are cheap too.

    There is nothing quality or entertaining about reality TV, just a bunch of posers trying to stop the clock on their 15 minutes of fame.

  • Finally.

    This confirms my suspicions all along. The terrible scheduling of SGU is a major factor in the bad ratings.

    We Canadians still suffer from Space channels terrible scheduling, Tuesdays at 10pm following that ridiculous “Fact or Fiction” thing that belongs on the Discovery channel.

    I think TV execs gave up on SGU before giving it a chance. Oh no, not another Stargate series!!! Look at V and No Ordinary Family, both dramatic sci-fi shows on big networks raking in big rating numbers. Revive SGU in the same manner and we will all be watching it for years to come!

  • The song thing never worked. it always came off like “Now, because we are out of ideas, and the episode is running short, here’s a depressing song.” Along with a video montage they obviously thought they were making some huge emotion statement. I always reached for my “mute” button.

  • This comment’s a bit late for the party, but I wanted to offer some thoughts on the SGU cancellation:

    First impression of SGU was that of imitating Battlestar Galactica, with its emphasis on relationships and internal conflict. I did not look at SGU until I could get the 1st season on DVD, and contrary to others, the 1st season had an “awe” factor in the stunning vistas (episode Light), encountering the unknown (Space), and cool battle scenes/espionage arc with the Lucian Alliance (Air, Incursion). I see what many are saying about the slow pace of early episodes, where character drama and angst were explored: many casual viewers could find the many threads hard to follow or boring, and adding aliens and spaceships to the mix, not to mention the Stargate mythology, even harder to follow. Had I been looking for an easy escape, SGU was not it.
    The wave of gritty, intense dramas has probably crested given new escapist shows like Hawaii Five-O.

    It hasn’t been until about episode 7 or 8 of the 2nd season, when Dr. Rush finally came clean about Destiny’s mission, and the crew started pulling together, that SGU has been most enjoyable to watch. But, is it really a new, fresh direction in tv drama, that could compare to a phenomenon like House, Lost or 24? I couldn’t see that happening. An excellent production, superb sets and effects, well crafted story arcs – but I can see how the slow moving drama would alienate older SGA fans, and fans of conventional drama might be turned off by spaceships and aliens.

    Had SGU been given the Friday timeslot, and especially had SGA co-ran for 1 season, there probably would be a 3rd season.

  • @ThomasG I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I was reaching for a mute button,but I agree with that.Adding pop songs into mix like that was,shell we say,emotionally ilustrative but not emotionally evocative which is an essential goal of every score most usually.


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