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Stargate Universe series finale averages 1.13M viewers: Best showing since November; Ties season-high in A18-49 rating + Series ratings analysis

Last night’s series finale of Stargate Universe on Syfy drew 1.134M viewers and a 0.5/1 A18-49 rating.  It was the most-watched episode since November 23 (1.169M viewers / 0.5 A18-49 rating) and ties a season-high in A18-49 rating.

Overall, however, the canceled series simply couldn’t attract a sizable enough audience to warrant a third season pick-up. The second season averaged 1.008M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating, which was down a disastrous 40% in viewers (from 1.684M in season one) and 43% in A18-49 rating (from a 0.7 rating for season one). Some more facts and figures after the jump.

Some additional facts and figures for the two-year / 40-episode run of Stargate Universe:

  • The season one finale drew 1.469M viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating. Compared to this year’s series finale, the show was down -23% in viewers, but flat in A18-49 rating.
  • Season two started and ended in nearly the same position: 1.175M / 0.5 rating for the season two premiere vs. 1.134M (-3%) / 0.5 rating (nc) for the series finale.
  • SGU premiered with 2.346M viewers and a 0.9 A18-49 rating, but that wasn’t the series’ highest-rated episode. That distinction belongs to the second episode, which drew 2.447M viewers and a 1.0 A18-49 rating.
  • Series-low was registered this season with episode 13 – “Alliances”, which drew just 814,000 viewers…
  • …But that episode drew a 0.4 A18-49 rating, which wasn’t the series’ lowest level in that demo. The lowest A18-49 rating was a 0.3 which was registered four times this season: episodes 15, 16, 17 & 19.
  • From peak point (2.447M viewers) to low point (814,000) equals a 67% loss of viewership.

Source: Nielsen (via TravisYanan | Twitter)