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Weak Start for Syfy’s Stargate Universe: Two-hour Series Premiere Draws 2.35M Viewers

Last night was the series premiere of Syfy’s Stargate Universe and although MGM’s (the studio who produces the show) PR team is in full spin mode, the premiere numbers really aren’t anything to be happy about.  The two-hour premiere drew a 1.7 HH rating and 2.35M viewers, with 1.12M viewers within the A18-49 demo, and 1.32M within the Adults 25-54 demo.

The issue here is that in comparison to other Syfy premieres, this is very weak.  For instance Stargate Atlantis debuted with 4.2M viewers in 2004, Eureka pulled in 4.1M for its 2006 premiere and just this year, Warehouse 13 opened with 3.5M viewers.  Even the season one premiere of Battlestar Galactica (3.1M) performed better.

Having said all that, if the show manages to hold at this level, Syfy would likely be satisfied.

The full press release follows after the jump.


SGU Outdelivers FOX’s Dollhouse at 9PM

New York, NY – October 3, 2009 – Following record ratings for Warehouse 13, Eureka, Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth during its most-watched third quarter ever, Syfy’s viewership surge since the July 7 brand evolution continued on Friday, October 2, when Stargate Universe premiered to the best franchise premiere performance in four years, drawing more than 2.3 million viewers – and besting FOX’s Dollhouse at 9PM (ET/PT).

Stargate Universe, which stars Robert Carlyle, Lou Diamond Phillips and Ming-Na, grabbed 2.35 million total viewers along with a 1.7 HH rating, 1.32 million Adults 25-54, and 1.12 million Adults 18-49 during its two-hour debut episode from 9-11PM (ET/PT).

Stargate Universe Premiere Highlights

    • This is the best performance for a Stargate franchise season premiere on Syfy since season 2 of Stargate Atlantis on 7/15/05.
    • Among Adults 18-49, the 1.12 million viewers is the best performance for a Friday series premiere since Battlestar Galactica debuted on 1/14/05.
    • Stargate Universe’s 2.3 million total viewers surpassed the 2.1 million total viewers that watched Dollhouse on FOX at 9 PM (ET/PT).

Edgier and younger in tone, SGU takes the franchise in a dynamic new direction, appealing to longtime Stargate fans and first-time viewers alike. The two-part premiere of Universe was directed by Andy Mikita (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1) and lensed by Rohn Schmidt (The Shield, The Mist).  The series also stars Alaina Huffman, Louis Ferreira, Elyse Levesque, David Blue, Jamil Walker Smith and Brian J. Smith.

SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth.  Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship’s Stargate to survive.  The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.

Robert Cooper and Brad Wright, of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, serve as executive producers and writers.  Stargate Universe is distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.