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No Series Finale Bump for Stargate Atlantis + Sanctuary Ratings and Analysis

There was no bump to be had for the season five/series finale of Stargate Atlantis last Friday.  While registering season highs among key measures including total viewers (2.02M), Adults 18-49 (973,000) and Adults 25-54 (1.15M), the show actually posted slight declines in all three categories vs. the season four finale on March 7, 2008: […]

“Stargate Universe” Greenlit; Will Premiere As Two-Hour Movie in 2009, Followed By Weekly Series

Cheer up Stargate fans, the long-running franchise, which began with a film in 1994, then became a TV series (Stargate SG-1: 1997-2007) and another series (Stargate Atlantis: 2004-2009 ) is getting a new spin off.  MGM and SCI FI have announced that a go-ahead has been given on Stargate Universe. The new show will […]

“Stargate Atlantis” Canceled; Movies Planned [Updated With Press Release and New Chart]

UPDATED ON AUGUST 22ND AT 4:00PM: Because some wondered how the other SCI FI shows have fared, I’ve gone ahead and posted a chart detailing the ratings of Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica and Eureka as well as Stargate Atlantis.  Check it out by clicking this link.

UPDATED ON AUGUST 21ST AT 2:45PM: I’ve attached the press release from SCI FI confirming the cancellation and announcing the two-hour TV movie (then video release).  Check it out after the jump.

The SCI FI Channel is ending Stargate Atlantis after five seasons on the air, that according to a report by Multichannel News.  There is still good news, however, as MGM and SCI FI will continue the straight-to-video venture that has proven successful thus far with the first Stargate TV franchise Stargate SG-1, which has already had two movies released on DVD to financial success.  The movie will air on the network in 2009 and then be released on DVD (and presumably Blu-ray as well).

Airing in 10-episode blocks since its premiere in July 2004, the series has seen declines with each string of episodes, until the later half of last season.  Its current viewership level of a little over 2 million viewers (includes a mix of live and delayed ratings data per Multichannel’s report) and a 1.22 household coverage rating (Live+Same Day only) through the first five episodes of this season is an increase over the comparable season four start.  However, it’s still barely half of where the show started off at (4.2M viewers and a 3.2 household coverage rating) for its series premiere in 2004.  Season five’s household rating average of 1.22 is 15% higher than the beginning of season four.

Nevertheless, and regardless of the fact that it picked up viewers when Live + 7-day ratings were factored in, a show with a respectable budget going into its sixth season of production on a cable network available to more than 80% of the nation should be attracting a larger audience.

In the meantime, fans can appreciate that SCI FI has decided to air the season straight through, foregoing their hiatus between 10-episode halves (I suppose that announcement was a hint at things to come huh?) as well as an extended life through straight-to-video movies:

“We’re excited to tell Atlantis stories on a bigger canvas,” Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and currently executive producers on Atlantis, said in a statement. “The successes of the two original Stargate [direct-to-video] movies The Ark of Truth and Continuum have shown us the opportunities that the movie format offers. We have plans for both SG-1 and Atlantis to remain vital as we expand the franchise.”

Other than it being announced that Stargate writers and producers (and current show runners) Joseph Mallozzi (who has a blog you can check at this link and confirmed the cancellation in this comment on his site) and Paul Mullie will write the first Atlantis movie script, there is no information about what the movie would be about, how many of the cast members would participate and who would direct. GateWorld.net’s report of the news indicates that MGM will make an official announcement on Thursday, so perhaps will get some more details at that point.

I know cancellations are hard to handle for some people but keep in mind that this is a business and sometimes regardless of how much you enjoy a show, the economics don’t warrant it staying on the air.  At least it got five seasons,much more than several other series even get a chance at.  Plus in this age of DVD and Internet entertainment there’s always the opportunity to revisit the material in some other form.

Also, Wright and Cooper are developing a third TV series in the franchise — called Stargate Universe –- and pitched it to the network in late 2007 (read a report on that from an April 2007 GateWorld.net article here).  SCI FI has made no announcement regarding that proposed new series.

I’ve included a chart below tracking the entire run of the show via the household coverage rating (click to enlarge).

Note: Two-hour episodes/nights are counted as one rating.  All data based on live or live+same day ratings.

Ratings for Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica and Eureka (click to enlarge)

My complete analysis, including a season-by-season breakdown, of the above chart follows directly after the jump.

Continue reading “Stargate Atlantis” Canceled; Movies Planned [Updated With Press Release and New Chart]

“Stargate Atlantis” to Return in the Fall

Some good news for Stargate Atlantis fans.  In past seasons, its been common practice for SCI FI to air its original series in two batches of 10 episodes.  That looks to be changing this season as it appears Stargate Atlantis will be returning with its last 10 episodes of season five in the fall, […]

Comic-Con 2008: “Stargate Atlantis” Panel

Here are some highlights, courtesy TV Squad, of the Comic-Con panel for the SCI FI series Stargate Atlantis:

Flanigan was the only original cast member of Atlantis at the panel.  Flanigan talked about how his character has evolved over the last five seasons. He use to do many things solo in the beginning, but […]

“LOST” Premieres on SCI FI in September, “Sanctuary” in October

SCI FI has revealed their fall plans.  New episodes of Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth will return on Wednesday, September 3rd, taking over for Ghost Hunters International and Scare Tactics when they wrap on August 20th.  The off-network run of LOST will kick off on Monday, September 15th and the show will air in […]

Robert Picardo and Stargate Atlantis Producer Joseph Mallozzi Discuss Atlantis: Season Five

New series regular Robert Picardo and producer Joseph Mallozzi recently held a press conference to discuss the upcoming fifth season of the SCI FI series Stargate Atlantis (July 11th at 10pm).  The topics included how the new season kicks off, whether Tori Higginson will be returning to reprise her role as Dr. Elizabeth Weir and more.  Check out the highlights after the jump.

Continue reading Robert Picardo and Stargate Atlantis Producer Joseph Mallozzi Discuss Atlantis: Season Five

SCI FI Channel Sets Premiere Dates for Summer Lineup

The SCI FI Channel has announced the premiere dates for its summer television series. New episodes of Ghost Hunters International and Scare Tactics (with new host Tracy Morgan) will premiere on Wednesday, July 9th at 9pm and 10pm, respectively.  The fifth season of Stargate Atlantis, which will air its 100th episode, will premiere on […]

“Stargate Atlantis” Prepares for Season 5 With a New Castmember

The SCI FI Channel today issued a press release about the the fifth season of Stargate Atlantis, which begins production later this month. In addition to plans to celebrate the show’s 100th episode, the network announced a new regular castmember; Robert Picardo.

Continue reading “Stargate Atlantis” Prepares for Season 5 With a New Castmember

Amanda Tapping Leaving Atlantis to Focus on “Sanctuary”, Expect Press Release Tuesday

After eleven years on the Stargate franchise as a regular cast member, actress Amanda Tapping is leaving her role on Stargate Atlantis to focus on the new series Sanctuary, which was just picked up by the SCI FI channel for 13 episodes (related article here).

Continue reading Amanda Tapping Leaving Atlantis to Focus on “Sanctuary”, Expect Press Release Tuesday

SCI FI Channel Renews “Stargate Atlantis” for a Fifth Season

No longer paired with Stargate SG-1, SCI FI seems content with the weakened performance of its drama series Stargate Atlantis as the network today announced they’ve renewed the show for a fifth season.

Continue reading SCI FI Channel Renews “Stargate Atlantis” for a Fifth Season

Comic-Con 2007: Some Info Revealed On New “Stargate” Spin-Off

Suring panels on the Stargate franchise (including the ending ‘SG-1′ and the upcoming fourth season of ‘Atlantis’), writer Robert Cooper briefly spoke on the upcoming spinoff series, currently being referred to as Stargate Universe.

Continue reading Comic-Con 2007: Some Info Revealed On New “Stargate” Spin-Off