Fans of Stargate Universe really seemed to enjoy this week’s offering, “Common Descent” — but, of course, enthusiasm doesn’t translate into ratings.
The seventeenth episode of SGU‘s final season earned an estimated 861,000 viewers (Live + Same Day) for Syfy Channel on Monday night, down 16 percent from the previous week. The episode earned a paltry 0.3 rating in the Adults 18 to 49 demographic.
That drop may be partially explained by the loss of SGU‘s lead-in series, Being Human, which aired its well-rated season finale last week. Stargate moved up to the 9 p.m. time slot this week, and now has a repeat of the previous week’s episode as its 8 p.m. lead-in.
The time change also means different competition over on the big networks. The final half-hour of a 90-minute Dancing With the Stars gave ABC an easy victory at 9 p.m., with over 22 million viewers. Cougar Town followed at 9:30 with almost 7.9 million viewers.
CBS aired a repeat of Two and a Half Men and a new episode of Mike & Molly in the 9 o’clock hour, with 7.4 million and 10 million viewers, respectively.
FOX picked up 6.4 million with The Chicago Code, and NBC’s certain-to-be-cancelled sci-fi series The Event earned 3.85 million.
Don’t miss the final three episodes of Stargate Universe! Episode 18, “Epilogue,” airs next Monday at 9/8c on Syfy.