Stargate Universe debut beats Dollhouse on Friday

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Syfy's Stargate Universe debuted on Friday as the network's best franchise premiere in four years, drawing 2.3 million viewers and beating Fox's Dollhouse but trailing The CW's Smallville.

SGU took in a 1.7 household rating. The newest series in the Stargate franchise attracted 1.32 million adults ages 25-54 and 1.12 million adults 18-49.

Among the show's milestones:

♦This is the best performance for a Stargate franchise season premiere on Syfy since season two of Stargate Atlantis on July 15, 2005.
♦Among adults 18-49, the 1.12 million viewers is the best performance for a Friday series premiere since Battlestar Galactica debuted on Jan. 14, 2005.
Stargate Universe's 2.3 million total viewers surpassed the 2.1 million total viewers that watched Dollhouse on Fox at 9 p.m.

As for the Fox series, The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reported that the second week's episode, "Instinct," dropped 20 percent from its season premiere the week before, which doesn't bode well for Joss Whedon's series. The ratings represented a new low for the series that doesn't seem to have a bottom.

Other Friday ratings:

♦CBS' Ghost Whisperer drew 7.6 million viewers and Medium 7.7 million, giving CBS a win for the night.
♦Week two of The CW's Smallville drew 2.4 million viewers, an 18 percent drop.