Stats Junkie: A Look at Syfy's Top Scripted Shows for 2009 - Warehouse 13, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Universe and Eureka

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December 29th, 2009

I got a pretty detailed look at the top 50 scripted shows on basic cable for the year with adults 18-49, and four of them were on Syfy.

I have both the Live+SD and the Live+7 viewing and I'm going to talk about both, primarily because Syfy is an interesting network when it comes to DVR viewing, especially for certain shows.  All the numbers here are for the first telecasts of original episodes and not any of the encore airings.

With Live+SD viewing, Warehouse 13 was Syfy's #1 show for the year with adults 18-49 averaging 1.197 million and edging out Battlestar Galactica's 1.158 million.  But in Live+7 viewing, the order was reversed with Battlestar Galactica on top with 1.710 million adults 18-49 versus Warehouse 13's 1.622 million.

Stargate Universe was the third best scripted show with adults 18-49 on Syfy averaging 1.040 million Live+SD adults 18-49 and 1.433 million Live+7.   Eureka was #4 either way with an average of 975,000 adults 18-49 with Live+SD viewing and an average of 1.384 million with Live+7 viewing.

So how did these shows rank against all of the basic cable scripted universe and not just on Syfy?  Warehouse 13 was #22 in Live+SD viewing with adults 18-49, BSG was #23, SGU was #24 and Eureka was #28.  BSG was #BSG was #19 with adults 18-49 in Live+7 viewing, Warehouse 13 was #21, SGU was #24 and Eureka was #25.

Gender Lines Drawn for SGU: Women like it MUCH less,  Young Men, MUCH more

Some of you love SGU, and some of you love to hate it!  It would be interesting to see the comments pro and against sorted by gender.  In the ratings there is a clear divide.   It's Syfy's most popular show with young men 18-34 in Live+SD viewing, and young men 18-34 are pretty much the holy grail of advertising since they are oft-cited as the most elusive group to reach with television advertising.   But with women 18-49, and 18-34, SGU was the worst-performing of the four scripted Syfy shows that ranked in the top 50.

A Look at the Median Ages

Live+SD

Live+7

  • Warehouse 13: 50
  • BSG: 42
  • SGU: 45
  • Eureka: 49

18-34 viewing  (rank in parenthesis is for all scripted shows on basic cable)

Live+SD

  • Warehouse 13: 454K (#25)
  • BSG: 449K (#26)
  • SGU:  430K (#28)
  • Eureka: 352K (#35)

Live+7

  • Warehouse 13: 631K (#23)
  • BSG: 680K (#21)
  • SGU: 600K (#25)
  • Eureka: 540K (#31)

Men 18-49

Live+SD

  • Warehouse 13: 693K (#14)
  • BSG: 731K (#11)
  • SGU: 715K (#13)
  • Eureka: 573K (#21)

Live+7

  • Warehouse 13: 944K (#12)
  • BSG: 1.102M (#7)
  • SGU: 983K (#10)
  • Eureka: 806K (#17)

Women 18-49

Live+SD

  • Warehouse 13: 504K (#23)
  • BSG: 427K (#29)
  • SGU: 325K (#37)
  • Eureka: 402K (#31)

Live+7

  • Warehouse 13: 678K (#24)
  • BSG: 608K (#26)
  • SGU: 450K (#35)
  • Eureka: 578K (#28)

Men 18-34

Live+SD

  • Warehouse 13: 273K (#17)
  • BSG: 268K (#19)
  • SGU: 312K (#14)
  • Eureka: 229K (#24)

Live+7

  • Warehouse 13: 372K (#17)
  • BSG: 423K (#13)
  • SGU:417K (#14)
  • Eureka: 327K (#19)

Women 18-34

Live+SD

  • Warehouse 13: 180K (#31)
  • BSG: 182K (#29)
  • SGU: 117K (#45)
  • Eureka: 123K  (#43)

Live+7

  • Warehouse 13: 260K (#27)
  • BSG: 257K (#28)
  • SGU: 183K (#38)
  • Eureka: 213K (#33)

Finally, I know some of you would like to see how Sanctuary fared along all these same lines, but because it was not among basic cable's top 50 scripted shows with adults 18-49 for 2009 in the spreadsheet I saw, I can't tell you.  Sorry

 
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