Stargate SGI Leads SCI FI’s Best Summer Ever

Basic cable’s SCI FI Channel is enjoying the longest primetime ratings streak in television as the latest Neilson ratings extends its year-over-year ratings growth to 16 months. The outlet scored an 11% increase over last summer with a 1.0 average primetime rating (794,000 households).

SCI FI also remains in the top 10 in major demo categories, including Persons 18-49 (ranked #10), 25-54 (#7), Females 25-54 (#9) and Men 25-54 (#7). The biggest win was in the category of Men 18-49, with SCI FI up 11% in primetime (ranked #7).

The cabler’s top performer is the effects-heavy sci-fi series Stargate SG-1, which was recently renewed for an eighth season. The June 13 two-hour season seven premiere delivered a 1.9 rating and sucked in 2,425,000 viewers, putting it on more TV sets than any episode in Stargate‘s cable history, which began with pay channel Showtime. Additionally, Monday night’s block of back-to-back repeat episodes (7:00-11:00 p.m.) saw a 100% increase over 2002′s average rating in the same time period.

SCI FI Channel launched in 1992 and is currently available in 80 million homes. The outlet is a program service of Universal Television Networks, part of the Universal Television Group (www.universalstudios.com), a division of Vivendi Universal Entertainment.