If you’re like many of us, you’re still mourning the passing of SGU. The final episode aired earlier this week on Syfy.
If you’ve tuned in to our voice mail show lately, you know that a lot of fans out there are none too happy with Syfy over the cancellation of the show.
Now Syfy is telling their side of the story. Craig Engler, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Syfy Digital, has written an open letter for GateWorld that talks about the decision and factors the lead to the termination of SGU.
Engler attempts to refute certain points made by the on-line fan base.
The erratic scheduling killed SGU:
We started the show on Fridays where we’ve had the most success and where it initially did well, and we left it there until it started struggling. When it was clear the show had fallen to unsustainable levels and would not survive on Fridays, only then did we move it to the night where our highest rated show of all time had recently aired.
The hiatus killed SGU:
As you can see from the ratings above, the biggest drop in viewers came before the hiatus, not after. In fact, SGU actually grew around 10% after the hiatus between season 1.0 and 1.5 in its first two episodes back.
If you’d left it on Friday nights, it would have done well:
When left on Friday nights SGU lost 1/3 of its audience and dropped to consistently unsustainable ratings levels. The only hope of keeping it was to move it to another night where new viewers could find it.
You can read the full letter HERE.