After a slight boost in live viewership in its first post-Stargate airing last week (story), Sanctuary headed back south in the ratings on Monday. “Normandy” drew an estimated 656,000 viewers to Syfy Channel (Live + Same Day), according to TVBytheNumbers.
The seventeenth episode of the show’s third season drew a 0.2 rating in the Adults 18-49 demographic, down a tenth from last week.
This is a painful drop of nearly 20 percent in viewers, and the least-watched episode in series history.
The show wasn’t competing with Dancing With the Stars‘s monster, 22-million viewer win for the final performance show on ABC (8 p.m.). Instead, its biggest network competition at 10 p.m. was the second hour of The Bachelorette, which turned in an average of 9 million viewers from 9 to 11 p.m. But it is NBA playoff season: the Mavericks/Thunder game on Monday night drew 7.41 million viewers to ESPN, leading all of cable for the night.
|EPISODE (air date)||VIEWERS (million)||CHANGE|
|Pax Romana (Apr. 15)||1.217|
|Hangover (Apr. 22)||1.424||+ 17%|
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|One Night (Apr. 25)||0.868||– 39%|
|Metamorphosis (May 2)||0.838||– 3%|
|Wingman (May 9)||0.756||– 10%|
|Awakening (May 16)||0.815||+ 8%|
|Normandy (May 23)||0.656||– 20%|
WWE Smackdown led the cable ratings last Friday, May 23, with 2.889 million viewers over two hours.
This led into another installment of Urban Legends, which rebounded almost 30 percent to 1.236 million viewers. Though it bested former Friday time slot occupant Sanctuary by 88 percent this week, Urban Legends only managed a 0.3 rating — one tenth of a point higher in the key demographic.
Three episodes remain for Sanctuary‘s third season, airing Mondays at 10/9c on Syfy. “Carentan” will air on June 6, following a break in new episodes for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The show is currently in production on Season Four, which is expected to bow in the fall — hopefully back on Friday nights.
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