The episode represented Atlantis’s first episode in a new 9pm time slot.
Prominent Atlantis staffer Joe Mallozzi said "I think [the rating] says a lot about the quality of the show as well as its legion of loyal fans."
"I mean, if you think about it, it’s a pretty incredible achievement. A series typically sheds viewers the longer it stays on the air but here we are, completing work on our fifth (and final) season, and we’re pulling in better numbers than ever. So a big thanks and congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this season the most successful season of Stargate Atlantis in years."
It is somewhat tragic that these ratings will have little impact on the long-term future of the show, however, as they say: better to burn out than fade away.