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.