WINTER SEASON OF SYFY'S STARGATE UNIVERSE MOST-WATCHED STARGATE IN FOUR YEARS
LEAPS 51% IN ADULTS 18-34, 33% IN ADULTS 18-49, 28% IN ADULTS 25-54 AND 22% IN TOTAL VIEWERS
New York, NY -- December 29, 2009 -- Continuing Syfy's sizzling ratings momentum that has seen it post a record 5 straight months of viewer gains, the winter season of Stargate Universe became the most watched Stargate franchise series since 2005 (Stargate Atlantis season 1).
Including Live + 7 DVR viewing data, Stargate Universe's first year averaged 2.57 million total viewers, 1.63 million Adults 25-54, 1.43 million Adults 18-49 and 600,000 Adults 18-34, along with a 1.9 HH rating. The 10-episode season premiered Friday, October 2, and concluded on Friday, December 4.
Compared to the 2008-09 Stargate Atlantis season 5, SGU jumped 51% in Adults 18-34, 33% in Adults 18-49, 28% in Adults 25-54 and 22% in total viewers.
Stargate Universe returns for a second season in 2010.
Online at Syfy.com:
Stargate Universe delivered 6.2 million page views, 913K uniques, 1.3 million visits and 4.1 million video streams in its first season.
Stargate Universe averaged +73% more page views, +79% more uniques, +85% more visits and +237% more short-form video streams than Stargate Atlantis season 5.
Stargate Universe ranked as the #1 show site directory in all key metrics during its first season.
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 series stars Robert Carlyle, Ming-Na, Lou Diamond Phillips, 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.
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