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‘Warehouse 13’ Connects With Audiences … Big Time

More viewers tuned in to Season 2 finale than Season 1 finale

Many shows suffer a sophomore slump. But “Warehouse 13”? Call it a second-year boom.

The Syfy series finished its second season with its best finale audience ever, attracting 2.4 million viewers. That’s 10 percent better than its finale last year, and came on a night where there was stiff competition.

And we mean stiff. The regular broadcast networks threw everything but the kitchen sink out on the screen for the official start of the 2010-11 television season with shows like “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC, “NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS and “The Biggest Loser” on NBC. OK, well, not really “Biggest Loser.” But “Dancing” earned an 11.5 rating/18 share in Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co. — the third best rating for the week so far from the broadcast networks, while “NCIS: LA” picked up a very strong 9.6/15.

Yet this little cable show starring Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek and Allison Scagliotti was able to not just maintain its audience, but grow it.

That was a great cap to what has been an astonishing season for “Warehouse 13,” which was ranked as the second most-watched season of an original series in the cable channel’s history, averaging 3.4 million viewers. What’s first? Well, that would be the first season of “Warehouse 13,” the network said in a release.

The writers seem to have found their groove this season, with Secret Service agents Pete and Myka finding some fun adventures, with a bit of good comedy along the way. After spending an entire winter and spring not acknowledging the fate of Artie, popular character actor Saul Rubinek reappeared in the second season premiere (thanks to the phoenix).

But there were some new foes, including H.G. Wells, played by Jaime Murray in a recurring status.

It also was a good year for awards for the show, with “Warehouse 13” receiving its first ever Emmy nomination for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music by composer Ed Rogers.

The show has been picked up for a third season, and will start shooting in Toronto early next year. Before that, however, “Warehouse 13” will feature a special Christmas episode that will take place outside the current show timeline, meaning one character who goes MIA at the end of Season 2 likely will be a part of it.

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