It was surely one of the most intense, edge-of-your-seat episodes of Stargate Universe — but did viewers tune in for the show’s penultimate installment? The ratings are in.
SGU held close to the 1 million mark on Monday, with the penultimate episode “Blockade” dropping 9 percent to turn in an estimated viewership of 993,000 viewers (Live + Same Day). In the important demographic of adults 18 to 49, the show earned a 0.3 rating.
Sanctuary also shed viewers at 10 p.m., losing 3 percent of last week’s audience. The show’s second week on Monday nights earned 838,000 viewers for “Metamorphosis,” with a paltry 0.2 rating in the demo.
The series retained 84 percent of its lead-in audience from Stargate, better than last week’s 79 and change.
The show has already been renewed for Season Four, so Sanctuary fans can breathe easy about how it is performing on Monday nights this spring. But for comparison: Caprica‘s Tuesday night average in October was 822,500 viewers over four weeks, before Syfy cancelled it.
In the 9 p.m. hour on the big networks this week, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars conquered all with an average of 21.4 million viewers over two hours (9-10 p.m.). CBS aired a repeat of Two and a Half Men at 9 p.m. to almost 7.7 million viewers, followed by Mike & Molly with just under 8.2 million. NBC’s The Event drew 4.1 million, while on FOX an estimated 5.6 million tuned in for The Chicago Code.
And how did Urban Legends do on its first Friday night? As expected, considerably better. After premiering with a little over 400,000 viewers in the post-SGU slot now occupied by Sanctuary, the show turned in 1.307 million viewers when given the coveted post-wrestling spot. That’s a 211 percent improvement — but an 8 percent drop from what Sanctuary did in that time slot a week earlier.
WWE Smackdown turned in an astonishing 3.057 million over two hours (8-10 p.m.).
Only one episode of Stargate Universe remains! Tune in Monday, May 9 for “Gauntlet,” the SGU series finale. You can read more about the episode in GateWorld’s Season Two episode guide.