MGM's 'Stargate Universe' Ratings Blast Off

Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:54pm EDT

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New Installment of Fan Franchise Favorite Scores Impressive Ratings in U.S.,
UK, Australia and Canada, While Attracting a Whole New Generation of Young
Fans















LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Edgier in tone and sporting a versatile
and high profile cast, MGM's hour-long, sci-fi series Stargate Universe (SGU)
is on the fast track to  becoming the most successful installment in Stargate
franchise history.  Reporting impressive debuts in the U.S., the UK, Canada
and Australia, SGU is attracting a large number of younger viewers and proving
that a new generation of fans is embracing the next era of Stargate.


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"With this success, SGU continues to be a very important franchise in the MGM
family along with James Bond, Pink Panther, The Hobbit and Rocky," said Gary
Marenzi, Co-President, MGM Worldwide Television.  "We anticipate global
success for the series as SGU continues its roll out around the world and we
are thrilled that younger audiences worldwide are discovering and embracing
our very addictive series."  


"Many of our characters are younger, inexperienced and should not be on this
mission," added Brad Wright, co-creator of SGU.  "This opens the door to
relationships and storylines that younger audiences want to see." 


SGU debuted in the U.S. on Syfy to the best franchise premiere performance in
four years, drawing more than 2.3 million viewers. The series grabbed 2.35
million total viewers with 1.32 million Adults 25-54, and 1.12 million Adults
18-49 during its two-hour debut. 


In Canada, SGU premiered on SPACE with a record breaking audience of 565,000
making it SPACE's highest rated single episode ever. SGU was the #1 non-sports
specialty program of the day for Adults 25-54 and A18-49.  SPACE is the
Canadian English language cable television specialty channel owned and
operated by CTVglobemedia. 


Launching on Sky1 in the UK, SGU delivered 1,042,000 viewers for episode one
and 961,000 for episode two, earning the series the biggest "Stargate"
audience in almost five years. 


In Australia, SGU was the best performing show on the Sci-Fi pay television
platform, posting a 6.4% share.  This performance represented an increase of
411% in the time slot (Fridays 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.) versus the previous
programming of the last four weeks.  SGU is well on its way of being one of
the highest rated shows for the week on pay television in Australia. 


SGU represents the next frontier for the legions of Stargate fans.  The series
is decidedly smarter, edgier and more youthful in tone and takes the franchise
into a dynamic new direction.  The dramatic series is fueled with complex plot
twists, suspenseful cliffhangers and an all-star cast that includes Robert
Carlyle (The Full Monty, Trainspotting, 28 Weeks Later), Lou Diamond Phillips
(Che, La Bamba) and Ming-Na (ER, Vanished).  


Based on the 1994 feature film "Stargate," MGM's sci-fi franchise was born in
1997 when "Stargate SG-1" (SG-1) made its television premiere on Showtime.
After five seasons, the series moved to the Sci-Fi Channel where the
award-winning drama ran until 2007. With 10 seasons and 214 episodes, SG-1
surpassed "The X-Files" in 2007 as the longest-running North American science
fiction series on television.  The next chapter in the Stargate franchise,
"Stargate Atlantis," premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel and The Movie Network in
2004. With five seasons and 100 episodes under its belt; the series ended its
successful run in January 2009. 


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