Despite being on a cable channel versus broadcast network, Syfy's Stargate Universe won the first round of its timeslot clash with Fox's Dollhouse on Friday, delivering the most viewers for the Stargate franchise in four years.
Syfy eagerly announced the news in a subtle press release with a header stating "SGU Outdelivers FOX's Dollhouse at 9PM":
Following record ratings for Warehouse 13, Eureka, Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth during its most-watched third quarter ever, Syfy's viewership surge since the July 7 brand evolution continued on Friday, October 2, when Stargate Universe premiered to the best franchise premiere performance in four years, drawing more than 2.3 million viewers – and besting FOX's Dollhouse at 9PM (ET/PT).
Stargate Universe, which stars Robert Carlyle, Lou Diamond Phillips and Ming-Na, grabbed 2.35 million total viewers along with a 1.7 HH rating, 1.32 million Adults 25-54, and 1.12 million Adults 18-49 during its two-hour debut episode from 9-11PM (ET/PT).
Dollhouse, meanwhile, dipped to a series low of 2.1 million viewers, the second-least watched network show in its timeslot (Only a rerun of America's Next Top Model got fewer, on the CW; to put things in somewhat dire perspective, a rerun of ABC's new show The Forgotten almost doubled Dollhouse's viewership with 3.97 million). Given that shows almost always drop in audience size from premieres - Syfy's Warehouse 13 aside - it'll be interesting to see whether the cable SGU can maintain its slim lead over the broadcast network Dollhouse in weeks to come.
Syfy continues ratings roll: Stargate Universe averages 2.35 million in premiere [TV By The Numbers]