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Matt McGloin

Stargate Universe (SGU) Executive Producer Joseph Mallozi Responds to SYFY's Cancellation


pic In an "open letter" to fans of SYFY's recently canceled Stargate Universe, Vice President and General Manager of Syfy Digital Craig Engler explained some of the reason's just why the show was axed - and defended the network against many of viewers' most popular accusations.

Well, Executive Producer on SGU, Joseph Mallozi, tends to disagree with a few of those points and put up a rebuttal (of sorts) on his blog.

Mallozi says the major difference between SGU and the rest of SYFY's popular rated shows is the fact that SGU debuted in the fall, which sees the most competition, while their better rated shows debut in the summer.

In the open letter, Engler compared SGU's debut to SGA's, which didn't sit well with Mallozi.

"Comparing the SGA premiere to the SGU premiere overlooks is grossly unfair," said Mallozi. "The show quickly moved forward and officially launched on October 2, 2009. The debut was watched by a good if not spectacular 2,779,000 viewers. To give that some perspective, Stargate Atlantis debuted with over 4 million viewers, so SGU was more than 25% below that."

Mallozi also informs us that SGU was originally slated for a summer premiere (again when SYFY gets the highest ratings - which is when SGU premiered).

Another point that Mallozi brings up is that viewers are downloading and DVR-ing shows more so than they did in the past, which accounts for the "live" viewership being lower.

"The time between the two premiere[s] has seen a significant increase in DVR usage and internet downloads, and a simultaneous erosion in live viewership.  Coincidence?  Maybe, but I don’t think so.  Simply put, back when "Atlantis" aired, fewer viewers were recording or downloading television and many more were watching television live."

Networks don't take into accounts downloads? Maybe not, as there are no commercials?

Mallozi also defends SGU's second season move from Fridays to Tuesdays, with Engler stating the decision was based on the success [on Tues.] of Warehouse 13, which Mallozi notes -- debuted in the summer.

Engler also states that they moved the show to Mondays, with Mallozi countering the show had already been canceled by then.

Mallozi finishes by stating when it comes down to it -- it's a business and it's driven by the bottom line.

However, Cosmic Book News readers have seen this before - when the publisher, or in this case the network, doesn't back the show (at least as much as they could have) it suffers.