33 Responses

  1. jasondhsd
    May 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm |

    Don’t you mean the SGU series ending cliffhanger?

  2. AscendedTauri
    May 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm |

    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.

  3. darkthunder
    May 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm |

    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?

  4. majorsal
    May 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm |

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

  5. jermdavid
    May 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm |

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

  6. jeffknight
    May 3, 2011 at 11:59 pm |

    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…

  7. Browncoat1984
    May 4, 2011 at 1:11 am |

    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!

  8. ace_love
    May 4, 2011 at 4:15 am |

    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!

  9. Piernik
    May 4, 2011 at 5:35 am |

    SGU was great! Im waiting for comics :)

  10. DutchCourage86
    May 4, 2011 at 5:39 am |

    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.

  11. steelbox
    May 4, 2011 at 8:33 am |

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

  12. bmsdream
    May 4, 2011 at 8:49 am |

    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

  13. SGU: Blockade … the Beginning of the End | Misty Midwest Mossiness
    May 4, 2011 at 11:06 am |

    […] ‘Epilogue,’ good action, good science and spots of humor that actually made me laugh.  Ratings reported Wednesday morning via Gateworld reveal a nine percent drop between ‘Epilogue’ and ‘Blockade.’ […]

  14. Harold
    May 4, 2011 at 11:18 am |

    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.

  15. ferguson4848
    May 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm |

    It is truly amazing how many people watch wrestling. Anyway I really enjoyed Blockade and feel it might be the best, certainly one of, the best episode of SGU.

  16. Lt. Faust
    Lt. Faust
    May 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm |

    sad very sad

  17. Seaco
    May 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm |

    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!

  18. domdom
    May 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm |

    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 :(

  19. Lars Stjernstrøm
    Lars Stjernstrøm
    May 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm |

    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

  20. janet99
    May 6, 2011 at 7:20 am |

    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.

  21. janet99
    May 6, 2011 at 7:24 am |

    “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.

  22. Jim
    May 6, 2011 at 8:28 am |

    @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.

  23. mythos
    May 6, 2011 at 9:34 am |

    @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…

  24. Jim
    May 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm |

    @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. http://bit.ly/fxzyj5 Pioneer One

  25. mythos
    May 9, 2011 at 9:52 am |

    @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.

  26. Jim
    May 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm |

    @mythos Agreed. It’s just that I’ve moved on regarding SGU,so I was talking more generally and looking at things that are coming.Sure they aren’t here quite yet,but one needs to start somewhere and today,more than ever before(although that was the case always)ideas and tech support are being developed and moved at a geometrical rate.
    The way Microsoft and Apple initially had changed our world is becoming a slow pace history thing already,which is amazing when you think about it and whoever doesn’t hop on the train fast enough is gonna be left behind.
    Once again I wasn’t even talking about SGU specifically,I’ve moved beyond that point reg this particular matter.

  27. mythos
    May 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm |

    @Jim – And I was only referring to SGU to explain my misunderstood stance on web-based shows as the comments I had made about web-based shows have been specific to SGU and weren’t indicative of my view on web-based shows in general.

  28. Jim
    May 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm |

    @mythos Well that’s ok,but I don’t think anybody ever commented on your SGU stance,while your last comment to that Larse guy had no specific mention of SGU in it,it was just a geheral critique of his stance that also did not include SGU,but was just overall internet future from his perspective.
    And since SGU has in fact always been,or at least is now removed from that equasion..the fact that something isn’t here yet,but even you admit is coming tomorrow..in a wider perspective means the same thing.And every smart businessman doesn’t think about what’s here today,but what’s gonna be here tomorrow.Unless we’re talking about a sleeze suit sent by a higher boss to squeeze out every last piece of the profit gatherable ASAP from a network that’s been set for self-destruct!
    And that’s the case here with SyFy.
    Otherwise future is coming and who cares about today,in information technology,today is in fact the same as yesterday..literally,not just as a metaphor.

  29. Jim
    May 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm |

    Point being,old tv business is a matter of the 80’s and history books.TV world is rapidly changing as well as the news world,as well as intelligence gathering world and whoever does not understand that and adapt in time will become obsolete and left behind to rot.

  30. mythos
    May 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm |

    @Jim – I’m sorry you misunderstood.

  31. Jim
    May 11, 2011 at 12:31 am |

    @mythos No I haven’t misunderstood anything,I just commented on what you wrote to the guy..go over and read it again,if you don’t remember.

  32. Jim
    May 11, 2011 at 12:35 am |

    The guy was speaking about SF in general,no mention of SGU and you were talking about your outdated views and a need to eat,also no mention of SGU.
    Don’t think anyone here has any inclination to read your mind @mythos

  33. mythos
    May 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm |

    @Jim – From the original post that I commented on from @Lars Stjernstrøm:

    “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;-)”

    I’m not sure what other ‘franchise’ this could be considered to be about if not Stargate.

    So again, I’m sorry you misunderstood.

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