Stargate Atlantis blasted off into a new Nielsen stratosphere, delivering the most viewers and highest ratings of any series in the history of Sci Fi Channel.
The two-hour debut of the Stargate SG-1 spinoff series delivered a 3.2 household rating and some 4.19 million viewers during its July 16 debut from 9 p.m.-11 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research data.
In addition to scoring a record number of viewers, the show was Sci Fi’s all-time best series as far as reaching adults 18-49 and 25-54.
That performance easily surpassed the record-setting season-opening ratings of Stargate SG-1’s eighth season, which recorded a 2.4 rating and 3.22 million viewers the week before.
The debut of Stargate Atlantis was the No. 1 cable program among adults 18-49 and 25-54 July 16, while its encore, which followed from 11 p.m.-1 a.m., pulled a 1.8 household rating and some 2.17 million viewers overall.