Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"SGU" Scores 2.35 Million US Viewers...

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MGM's hour-long, Vancouver-lensed sci-fi TV series "Stargate Universe (SGU)" has reported impressive debuts in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

"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.

"Many of our characters are younger, inexperienced and should not be on this mission," said Brad Wright, co-creator of "SGU".

"This opens the door to relationships and storylines that younger audiences want to see."

"SGU" debuted in the US on Syfy to the best franchise premiere performance in four years, drawing more than 2.3 million viewers.

In Canada, "SGU" premiered on SPACE with a record breaking audience of 565,000 making it SPACE's highest rated single episode ever.

Launching on Sky1 in the UK, SGU delivered 1,042,000 viewers for episode one and 961,000 for episode two.

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.)

"...'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..."

Based on the 1994 feature film "Stargate," MGM's sci-fi franchise was born in 1997 when "Stargate SG-1" (SG-1) made its TV debut on Showtime. After five seasons, the series moved to the Sci-Fi Channel airing 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, Vancouver-lensed "Stargate Atlantis," premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel and The Movie Network in 2004, ending a 100 episode run, January 2009...