It took five years, but “Stargate: Atlantis” has sadly watched yet another record tumble.
“Warehouse 13,” which premiered the same time SciFi Channel officially changed its name to Syfy, has been breaking ratings records on the cable outlet left and right, including one recently that has made it Syfy’s most-watched episode in the network’s 17-year history.
The 4.4 million people who tuned in for “Warehouse 13” two weeks ago beat out the 4.2 million people who tuned in for the series premiere of “Atlantis” on July 16, 2004 called “Rising.” No show, not even “Eureka,” had been able to beat those numbers in the past, and “Warehouse 13” did it with a non-premiere, non-finale episode.
That can only point to how successful “Warehouse 13” is for Syfy, which has become its new breakout hit. The show, which stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly and Saul Rubinek, has blasted away not only “Atlantis'” record, but its own. The show premiered to 3.5 million viewers in July, and has been climbing ever since.
McClintock and Kelly play Secret Service agents who are tasked to find relics with special powers that must be kept in a warehouse in the Midwest. The comedy-drama hybrid is part of Syfy’s continuing efforts to produce more cost-effective and mainstream-oriented “grounded” series, pulling some of its efforts off of space ships and out of space.
Syfy, however, isn’t fully abandoning that concept. Its new series “Stargate: Universe,” which premieres in October, is set aboard an intergalactic ship known as the Destiny that was built by the Ancients to place stargates throughout the cosmos.
“Warehouse 13” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.