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Syfy cancels Stargate Universe

Syfy has announced today that they will not be renewing Stargate Universe for a third season. The second-year show has had a rough go in the ratings and cancellation has been rumored for some time now.

For the current season, Stargate Universe has averaged just 1.078M viewers with a 0.5/1 A18-49 rating/share and a 0.7/1 HH rating/share. In comparison to the year-prior — 1.684M, 0.7/2, 1.1/2 — the show was down 36% in viewers, 29% in A18-49 rating and 36% in HH rating. Comparing this season to the first 10 weeks of season one shows an even steeper decline:

  • First 10 weeks of Season 1 vs. First 10 weeks of season 2:
    • 1.903M to 1.078M — -43%
    • 0.8 A18-49 rating to 0.5 A18-49 rating — -37%
    • 1.2 HH rating to 0.7 HH rating — -42%

The final 10 episodes of season two will are scheduled to air during spring 2011.

Click over the jump to read the network’s statement on the show’s cancellation.

“Syfy will end its original action-adventure series ‘Stargate Universe’ when the show returns with the final 10 episodes of its second season in the Spring of 2011. The Stargate franchise- consisting of ‘Stargate SG-1,’ ‘Stargate Atlantis’ and ‘Stargate Universe’–has aired on Syfy since 2002.

“Syfy has a slate of new sci-fi fantasy scripted projects lined up for 2011 including the series premiere of ‘Being Human’ on January 17, the recently green lit one-hour drama series ‘Alphas’ and the much anticipated ‘Battlestar Galactica’ prequel pilot movie, ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.’ ‘Warehouse 13,’ ‘Eureka’ and ‘Haven’ will also return with new seasons next year.”