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Stargate Universe Flat in Week Two; Sanctuary S2 Premiere Down

stargateuniverse-101309Week two of Syfy’s new original series Stargate Universe drew 2.4 million viewers, on par with last week’s series premiere which drew 2.35 million viewers.  While flat, it’s actually a fairly good sign that the show held week-to-week in total audience.  I actually expected a decline.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens next week because, frankly, I found the third episode (week two) incredibly weak.

Never the less, it’s important to note the positive increases, especially in the key demos (both A18-49 and A25-54). The show drew 1.37 million A18-49 (+22% from last week’s 1.12M) and 1.49 million A25-54 (+13% from last week’s 1.32M).

Meanwhile, the season two premiere of Sanctuary drew 1.85 million viewers (down a significant 31% from last year’s series premiere of 2.7 million).  Among the demos, it drew 946,000 A18-49 and 1.15M A25-54. As with total viewers, that was down a significant 12% among A18-49 (from 1.08M) and 18% among A25-54 (from 1.40M) from last season’s premiere.

On the plus side, the show was on par with last season’s finale (2 million total viewers, 900,000 A18-49 and 1.13M A25-54).

Syfy’s press release — which, of course, contains a fair amount of spin — follows after the jump.

FRIDAY NIGHT RATINGS RUMBLE!

SECOND SEASON PREMIERE OF SYFY’S SANCTUARY SCORES DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASES, WHILE STARGATE UNIVERSE VIEWERSHIP SOARS IN SECOND WEEK

Stargate Universe Beats Dollhouse For Second Straight Friday

New York, NY – October 12, 2009 – Maintaining Syfy’s ratings surge, the second season premiere of Sanctuary leaped 18% in Adults 18-49 and 7% in Adults 25-54 versus last year’s average, while grabbing nearly 1.9 million viewers (1.85) on Friday, October 9, at 10PM (ET/PT).

Sanctuary, starring Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne, delivered nearly one million Adults 18-49 (946,000) — its second highest A18-49 delivery ever — along with 1.15 million Adults 25-54.

From 9-10PM (ET/PT), Stargate Universe improved on last week’s record setting performance (the highest franchise premiere mark in four years), by growing 22% in Adults 18-49 (1.37 million) and 13% in Adults 25-54 (1.49 million) – the best Stargate showing in these demos in four years – as well as garnering 2.4 million total viewers with a 1.8 HH rating.

For the second consecutive week, Stargate Universe bested FOX’s Dollhouse in total viewers and key demos head-to-head at 9PM (ET/PT).

Created by Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis), Sanctuary is produced in association with Syfy and is distributed by Tricon Films and Television. Season 2 of the series will be executive produced by Damian Kindler, Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood, Keith Beedie and Tricon Films.

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

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 95 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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