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SGU‘s ‘Blockade’ ratings stay close to 1 million

Tuesday - May 3, 2011
Category: RATINGS | Tags: , ,

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.

Darren created GateWorld in 1999, and today is the owner and managing editor. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three children. (More)

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  • Don’t you mean the SGU series ending cliffhanger?

  • Wow SyFy, looks like you’re learning the hard way what anyone with LOGIC could have told you two years ago!

    Move a show around = disappearing audience.

    Poor marketing = disappearing audience.

    Great quality without awareness from the public = failed experiment BY THE CHANNEL, NOT THE SHOW!

    Just sucks that the great shows like Caprica and Universe were the proverbial guinea pigs by the SyFy Channel.

  • Fact: Setting a Stargate series in the Fall/Spring tv-season, on the busiest night(s) of the week for network television, is NOT a good thing.

    Putting the show on a Summer/Winter schedule is far less competitive. But I guess we’ll never know if that would’ve fixed the ratings, will we?

  • sanctuary is the little fish in the big ocean now. not good.

  • Stargate was on Friday night for like 13 years. Why did they change that?

  • Agreed majorsal. Sanctuary was moved to a night with some very fierce competition. SGU and Sanctuary were up against Dancing with the Stars on ABC, House and Chicago Code on Fox, high-rated sitcoms on CBS, and Law and Order LA on NBC. On Tuesdays, it was against NCIS… next we’ll see SyFy moving shows to Wednesday to compete with American Idol…

  • I think SyFy needs to accept smaller numbers in the fall than in the summer. In the summer it WILL get higher numbers because there are fewer new shows on, especially genre shows so genre fans especially will be looking for new shows to watch.

    I think SyFy should accept 800,000-1 million viewers on Monday and Tuesday nights during primetime shows as the norm. Either that, or they should begin to take into account more DVR viewership on those nights. The Sanctuary audience IS still there, just not watching live. If SyFy does not accept this fact of fewer viewers on Mondays and Tuesdays during the fall/spring seasons over winter/summer then I guarantee that almost every show will fail.

    This is so bloody frustrating. I have never been so upset at a network before over its mismanagement. And because of its mismanagment and incompetence, a great show was lost! FOX even renewed Fringe, DESPITE getting lower numbers! FOX of all networks! But SyFy could not renew its biggest franchise show (may not get as many viewers, but Stargate is still a big name for the network to have). Ugh, so frustrating!

  • Seriously how can they renew Sanctuary for another season with figures dropping to the same as SGU? They’ve given Sanctuary a chance, obviously up until season 4.. Why not for SGU

    Really annoyed now, I like Sanctuary but SGU is a superior show in every sense!

  • DutchCourage86

    I was just starting to get back into the show. Hadn’t seen any sad unending moments with sappy music for a while and the last episode even made me laugh. The writers caused the decay but I guess the channel poorly evaluated the scripts to come.

  • Ace_love, the show was renewed before going to the new slot. Obviously syfy is on a witch hunt for science-fiction shows.

  • I am Portuguese and I like many fans here of the stargate. SyFy what to do this to all fans of the world’s sg is horrible. SGU end so I’ll never see the SyFy channel.
    can be to lose the entire audience, and back to be a channel as we like and we did the fans of SG SyFy be what today

    excuse my english

  • Maybe it is time to to put a ban on sy-fi except for shows we won’t them to keep. If the ratings go down on their wasted nonscience-fiction shows, maybe thay will learn to listen to the fans.

  • SG-1 and SGA were wonderful serialize, she always gives us will of seeing again! I find much richer of content than the Days in the stars that are also wonderful!

  • Wow You and sgu are proud of being below 1 million when SGA got 1.7/1.8 for its 5th season and sgu got the 5 worse rates of entire SG franchise.There is no proudness in this only franchise ended by sgu :(

  • I think it was one of the best episodes yet, and it’s tragic that it’s coming to an end, but can’t say i’m surprised, the show started out horrible. and by the time, they finally understood what the fans wanted, they lost most of the viewers i guess.

    i live in europe so i can’t get syfy even if i wanted, but i could newer watch tv, gave it up 7 years ago, and haven’t looked back. The whole idea of not choosing what to watch and when, is just medieval..

    the future is the internet, and sci-fi fans are the most likely to adapt new technology fast, i think they should skip the middleman, and take the franchise directly to youtube or something similar. where it belongs, and not limited to sci-fi fans that lives in the states, and still watch tv;-)

    TV is like a sick horse, that needs to be put down, the only thing keeping it alive are horrid “talent” shows,family soaps, spiced up with reruns, and questionable news.

    just my €2

  • People are stupid.

    Mind-numbing shows like Wrestling bring in lots of viewers, whilst intelligent shows like SGU don’t.

    Just like it’s always been.

  • “the show started out horrible. and by the time, they finally understood what the fans wanted, they lost most of the viewers i guess.”

    Agree completely. Also agree the Internet helped kill Stargate. Would be interesting to find out the show’s actual viewing figures, i.e. including torrent downloads, overseas viewers etc.

  • @Lars Stjernstrom I agree that internet is the future and that sci-fi fans are more likely to adopt new technologies faster.But I definitely do not agree that tv is a sick horse ready to be put down just yet.In fact what we see nowdays is a merging of the internet and tv,as well as tv becoming much more interactive.On demand view is already a reality in US and Europe alike.So it’s not true that one cannot choose what to watch.Besides that,tv still is the most important marketing/sponsorship revenue tool absolutely unavoidable in getting a kind of quality programming that simply do not and cannot exist from internet production only.As I said the merge of the net and interactive tv is the future to look forward to imo.
    Also if I’m not mistaken you can get SyFy(although I don’t know why would you want to,lol)in Europe as well,through cable tv subscription.But I believe it’d be more productive for ppl in Europe to subscribe to and support other,predominantly British channels like Sky One and BBC,which are more likely to give you and subsequently all of us the kind of SF we all want as opposed to the horse that really is sick and is called SyFy Channel.

  • @Lars Stjernstrøm – The problem is that people like to eat. The production company has this crazy idea of paying the cast and crew to make the show. If only we could get rid of that nuisance and stare at a blank screen…

  • @mythos These people eat and produce a purely internet-based SF show.It isn’t much,but as a concept it is very important.And indicative of a future that’s coming whether you want to admit it,or not.It’s the evolution mythos..evolution,like the dinosaurs. Pioneer One

  • @Jim – I’m often misunderstood in my stand on web-based shows. I’ve never said they’re not the future. What I’ve said is that they’re not the present. A show like SGU could never have handled it’s costs as a web-based show. They just couldn’t have made enough money. Advertisers pay several orders of magnitude more for television commercials than they do for web commercials. There’s 2 main reasons for this. 1) Competition – There’s way more websites than tv channels. The major networks fought long and hard to ensure that they owned stakes in most of the cable networks so that they were the ones making the money rather than someone else – if you can’t beat them, join them. 2) Perception – Everyone knows that people use commercial time as a chance to run to the bathroom, grab a drink, etc. But most people are still often within earshot (yes, they have studied this). With the web, if there’s a site showing a show, there’s a program you can use to download it and avoid the commercials. So saying you have a web viewer doesn’t mean as much to an advertiser (even though you have a better indication of actually having a viewer and it’s likely more accurate point-for-point). As a result, they don’t pay as much.

    I’m not saying it’s accurate or precise, it’s just how it is. Of course there are plans to move things in the direction of online services. If anyone believes Google bought youtube so people could share their fan videos and home movies, they really are just clueless. And if anyone thinks that Netflix isn’t working on deals for original programming, they haven’t been paying attention. It’s coming, but it’s not here. And it wouldn’t have happened in time to save Stargate. If they had kept Atlantis going a few more years before starting SGU and have started SGU while SGA was still running and had not started so slowly…SGU could have had a chance in an alternative media format if it couldn’t get the numbers that Syfy wanted. But it was the wrong time. They alienated the fans with cancelling SGA. And they started off too slow.

    So again, I’m not saying that web shows aren’t possible. What I’m saying is that if SGU could have lived on and made money as a web-based show, this would be a season finale rather than series finale coming up.

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