Syfy has revealed through their online schedule that Stargate Universe will return with the last half of season 2, and possibly the series finale, beginning on March 7th. No, you read me correctly, you aren’t looking at a 2010 calendar. The 7th is a Monday!
After all the fuss about SGU being against stiff competition on Tuesday nights SyFy finally decided to give a dang and move it to Mondays. However Mondays might not be that much better. Sure, SGU won’t be up against NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles anymore, which could be a plus. It will also be paired with Being Human, Syfy’s American rip off of the successful and currently airing BBC series by the same name. Despite that fact, Being Human has pulled in a significant number of viewers, 3.8 million over 3 episodes. With luck, some of these viewers will choose to stick around for SGU, which will air immediately afterward.
However, SGU will still be airing very late in the evening, 10 pm Eastern time, on a week night. One of the theories as to why SGU has done poorly is because it is a heavily dramatic series with a complicated plot, and this is not the type of television many people really want to watch late at night when they are tired after a long day at work. This is part of why Friday shows have traditionally flourished on Syfy. Fans can afford to stay up late, watch it, enjoy it, and get online to join other fans in discussion afterward if they wish, all without having to worry about getting up at 6 am the next morning.
Be that as it may, we are stuck with Monday nights, and we should be grateful to get this much. Tuesday night was a death sentence, but when SGU was canceled, those in the know seemed certain that Syfy wouldn’t give up on their bid to claim Tuesday nights. At least on Monday nights SGU will have a little less competition.
Fans need to see this as their chance to take a stand and show Syfy that fans believe that SGU is a really wonderful show, but it was stuck on a really bad night. Fans all need to tune in and watch it LIVE. While you’re at it, send some tweets to @Syfy and tell them how much you are enjoying SGU. A significant change in ratings is still very unlikely to make SyFy reconsider ordering a third season, but it could make a world of difference to any networks that have been contemplating picking up SGU. It could also open up new options for MGM, and provide us all with a better chance of seeing the story reach some sort of conclusion beyond the cliffhanger that everyone knows is coming. So gather your fellow Stargate fans and spread the word! SGU returns on March 7th! Be there to watch it LIVE!
UPDATE: SPACE Channel has revealed that they will be airing SGU just one day behind the US, starting on March 8th. This could be good news for the franchise. Canada has usually had to wait longer to see new episodes, often running a week or even 2 weeks behind the US. With the air dates so close in both countries, ratings on SPACE Channel may be even higher than usual because fewer people will be trying to watch via online sources. As it stands, SGU has been among SPACE’s top performers, and in their minds this seems to justify the risks that come with moving the show from it’s Friday night spot to Tuesday.
So we have both good news and bad news. The good news is that SGU fans in Canada have less time to wait and shouldn’t feel the need to look for online sources, either legal or illegal. The bad news is that SPACE is taking the same risk that Syfy did in moving SGU to Tuesdays, and we all know how well that worked out. Fans will just have to keep their fingers crossed that the good and the bad will at least balance out.