‘Stargate’ fences in Fox

Deal covers 41% of the country for the next two years

A cold November has proven to be a hot month for MGM’s sci-fi action hour “Stargate SG-1.” First the weekly landed as the top firstrun action hour during the opening days of November sweeps, and now distributor MGM has inked a two-year double-run deal with the Fox O&Os to air the show.

Currently in its second season in syndication, “Stargate” will continue to run on all 22 Fox-owned stations for the third and fourth seasons. The deal covers nine of the top 10 markets and provides a clearance of 41% of the country for the next two years.

“The Fox owned-and-operated stations have been invaluable partners in ‘Stargate SG-1’s’ first two years of syndication, and their added commitment clearly attests to the long-term viability of the series,” said Jim Griffiths, prexy of MGM Worldwide TV Distribution.

Among the Fox stations are WNYW in New York, KTTV in L.A., WFLD in Chicago and WTXF in Philadelphia. The series can also be seen on cabler Showtime, where it serves as the channel’s top weekly series

For the week ending Nov. 7, the show earned a 3.3 rating, making it the highest-rated firstrun action hour. The series is tracking 7% ahead of its performance from the same period last year.