Battlestar dips in viewers

Battlestar Galactica suffered casualties in its fight against the evil robot Cylons.

The Sci Fi Channel series' October 6 season-three premiere garnered 2.2 million total viewers. That's down from the 3.1 million the show drew for its season-two premiere in July 2005.

Still, the episode, which featured Apollo in a fat suit and told of the humans creating an insurgency to battle the Cylons on New Caprica, was the number one cable program on Friday night. In the important 18-49 demographic, the show was watched by 1.4 million viewers.

Science fiction fans have had a lot to choose from since Battlestar left the airwaves.

This fall, NBC premiered Heroes, which is drawing high ratings and was given a full-season pickup last week. The Sci Fi Channel also has a new darling in the quirky comedy-drama Eureka, which was just given a second-season pickup.

Battlestar star Jamie Bamber spoke to TV.com a few weeks ago, saying he thought season three was the best season yet.

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To gtachico Why do you have to be so small minded and totally short sighted. Its not about one show being better than the other and your post comes across as that of a whiny kid who hasn't gotten his own way.

You may not like BSG, but there are a couple of million of us who do, that is a fact, what is also a fact is that even alone, the BSG viewing figures are still higher than those of SG1. The only thing this dip in ratings is showing is that both shows did better when they were screened together so take your "stargates better" baggage and stick it somewhere useful like on the Stargate pages. Indeed the only thing I agreed with you about in your rather childish display was your point about the wrestling. And for the love of god a paragraph or two never hurt.

Now ive been watching Stargate since its first movie and its tv premier, I love it, yet it has to be taken into account that the show is ten years old, regardless of viewer ratings its ran its course. Do I want to see it stop, of course not, but I wouldn't mind a little reinvention of some form.

As for BSG, its fantastic, dark, moody, utterly incredible visuals both on ship and in effects, gripping story arc running from day 1. Youve got great actors, great writers, great drama, politics, and space battles the likes of which put star trek and Star wars to shame. what more could a scifi lover ask for.
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Sci-fi is going to do a lot worse once SG1 is gone. The splitting up of Sci-fi Fri. line-up was a bad call, but SG1 leaving is even worse. I liked Dr.Who last season, but just cant get into it with the new character. Battlestar started off OK, but the preaching is definatly buggin already. I just want to see how they decide to end SG1. If it doesnt leave me fealing satisfied, I will not watch another Sci-fi/NBC show.
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"It was the number one cable program on Fri night" - they'd have to be stupid/daft to axe a number one program - so what if the ratings slipped a little. Start bringing eps out in a timely fashion, & advertise it so we know when it's on and we'll watch it.



Don't delay it for the sake of another lesser stupid program or we'll download it from the net - we'd do anything for our weekly fix if they'd only keep it scheduled regularly (like Seinfeld/Friends/the x-files were)
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I hope the Exec's at NBC Universal & Sci-Fi don't go all-a-flutter over dipping ratings. There are 3 issues here they need to remember...



1 - When you have a show on hold (flipping from Stargates to Dr. Who / BSG every 3 months or so) there is going to be a bit of a lag.



2 - Your veiwership will dip anytime you have a stagnant storyline. When I say stagnant, I mean the whole concept of New Caprica. Anytime these guys (humans) become idle, the show grinds to a halt and viewership is naturally going to dip.



3 - You have about half a million viewers that have to work or deal with other commitments and can't watch live. However (and here is the good part) they will get it via Tivo, iTunes or (my favorite) BitTorrent.



So, (spoiler-alert), you burned your bridges (planetary & Pegasus) with this storyline and have opened new doors. I look forward to seeing the wallpaper & furniture on the other side.
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Do ratings take into account DVR's? I know that many times I don't watch the show at the time it comes on. Instead, I record it and watch it later so that I do not have to watch commercials.
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> Ratings don't mean much these days.

Eh? Maybe not to you, but the mean pretty much everything to producers and network execs. They'll be looking for a 'bounce' from anywhere they can (memos are probably flying as we speak). Sci-Fi bet the farm on b*, and if ratings don't pick up - enough to get to a syndication number of episodes, specificially - it will be bad: heads-will-roll bad. In my humble thinks, they need to stop playing to 'rolling stone', stop reading their own press releases, and write good stories (that is, stories that are less 'earnest', and 'relevant' to psych freshmen. Writing 'down' to your audience never pays.) That and stopping using jiggly camera techniques ('documentary style' my butt. :-)
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I love Battlestar Galactica so much, reports about ratings are so overrated, they say nothing about the shows quality which is far better than any crappy reality shows out there like the apprentice or survivor.
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It's true both that ratings are less significant than ever before and that BSG's remain relatively strong for a niche cable channel. Then again, Sci-Fi previously cancelled shows such as 'The Chronicle' and "Farscape,' the latter soley for cost considerations, so it's not as though it's a network that puts a premium on quality programming. It's up to the audience to continue to show its support.
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If anyone would bother to read the WHOLE article, BSG is doing great in it's new time slot and change in which tv season it's in. It will outlast the other networks new shows and will not be cancelled. Not after what Episode 3 was promising at its close. w00t!
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Wel .. duh! Sci-Fi fridays was sooo strong with SG1-Atlantis-BSG ... When SG1 got cancelled everyone said it was because they ripped it appart and that BSG would probably undergo thesame problem as SG1... Well, there you go! And their ego's are just too big to come back on a decission and put the original scifi-friday back together, they'd rather cancel it all
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It's really important to understand what's different this year over last. This year, NBC/SciFi decided that BSG was strong enough to go up against the networks' fall schedules instead of their traditional summer season, where in previous years they were competing with summer reruns and 2nd-string network shows.

My understanding is that fall ad revenues scale differently with viewers than summer ad revenues, so it isn't clear whether this was a wise choice on NBC/SciFi's part or not. Another effect to consider is the viewer retention for following shows - if they have more viewers sticking around for Doctor Who than they did for SG-1 / Atlantis in previous years, that's another potential benefit.

I suspect we won't know how well the move from the summer to the fall has gone for SciFi for a few weeks at the very least.
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geez, whats all the complaining about, it is still one of the best shows on tv, thank the gods!!
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Not only can you watch BG at one of the many times SCi-Fi has it on but with the advent of the DVR I would rather record the show and fast forward through the commercials. I have to admit I am probably one of the viewers that will loose interest if something isn't done soon. SHSTEVE commented on the out of character scripting and I agree. Another thing for me is the religious aspect is playing too big a role now. It seems like every other line is "...by the Gods...". I realize it plays a big role but enough is enough. It's getting too preachy. I watch the show to be entertained. If I want to be preached too I'll tune into Jimmy Swaggart.
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i was wondering if anyone could awnser a question for me. Does anyone know what the release scheduale is in terms of when they put the new episodes of Battlestar up for downlode on itunes? Last season it seamed to be almost right after it aired, and this year that does not seem to be the case as it was several days before the first two episodes were posted.
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It all depends on how much revenue the show brings in overall. The show might make up for ratings losses with itunes. Also there are the Frack parties to consider. One problem is that sci-fi seem to like to play reruns from the previous season only, making things harder on any newbie trying to get into the show. Honestly like so many shows BSG may prove to be too good to last. But even if the show is on the road to cancellation, I think it probably has a season or two more left. There is also the possiblity that sci-fi may decide that the show is enough of a critical success to keep around.
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I do think there is a danger that BSG's thinly veiled political allegories are a turnoff to viewers. We live in tough times, and perhaps people aren't looking to be told what they already know in a sci-fi show (it's likely either preaching to the choir, or preaching to those who already have their minds made up). Don't get me wrong -- I love BSG. I love that it's as smart as it is. But when the contemporary allegories become too apparent, it ceases being escapist fun. After all, a show entitled "Battlestar Galactica" should me more fun than propaganda.
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All that pre-premiere media coverage about BSG and it's Iraq allegories did more harm then good. Everything still points to the American public being in denial mode and wanting nothing but fluff, and every media report telling people this is great current events drama just makes people run in the other direction.
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interesting
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Ouch. There has been a bunch of coverage for Battlestar lately, talking about how it's drawing non-sci-fi viewers, that I thought it would have been better in the ratings.
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This show is so brilliant and I think alot of people figure it's just another Sci-Fi when in fact it's alot more. I really hope that word of mouth gets BSG alot more viewers because frankly alot of the new shows on the "Network" channels aren't very good. BSG is amazing with acting, writing, directing and just plain balls. As they said, this ain't your Dad's Battlestar.
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Sigh. It's probably because people were busy watching wrestling on the CW, sadly. Smart shows nowadays never get the audience they deserve.
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Wow.
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Damn it, Sci-fi was already showing signs it might cancel the series, I hope the ratings get better, because I'm usually very picky and I think BSG is the best show currently on tv, and far better than the original one.
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I think part of the problem is that scifi channel has show the show about a half-dozen times. You don't have to catch it on the first showing on friday nights you can see it a couple hours later or wait a few days it will be back on.
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I blame the Season 2 "change in direction" finale. It alienated and irritated a lot of dedicated fans out there with it's out-of-character scripting.



I know it was to refresh the show for a bit, but it's done nothing for me.
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This season premiere was out of this world - some of the best tv I've ever seen.
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SciFi pumped so much hype and anticipation in the BG Premiere. There was probably more than 15 commercials for it every hour. Despite the ratings, this was a fraking good premiere, and i hope it continues in the trend it started.
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man I thought that this season premire was the vbest show yet i was hooked and it left me wanting to see more
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i really tried to get into battlestar, but i just couldnt....
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Yeah, BeachfrontGlass, but the shows you stream online are there because producers/networks/advertisers/etc. pay to have them made. They pay to have them made because of RATINGS on cable television not because of how many people "stream" them. I have to watch Ugly Betty online, but unfortunately it's doing nothing for the ratings. The true test of a show- for now at least- is based on ratings on television, not downloads online.



And sad to hear B*G is sliding in ratings. The premiere was really fracking great.
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I was kind worried too until I read this posting from gateworld:



Season Three premieres with strong ratings



Tuesday - October 10, 2006 | by Darren Sumner The third season of Battlestar Galactica bowed with strong ratings on Friday, October 6, up slightly from the winter 2006 run and smashing SCI FI Channel's records for October, where until now it has aired reruns almost exclusively.



The 2-hour season premiere, "Occupation" / "Precipice," earned a 1.8 average household rating and drew an estimated 2.2 million viewers.



This is a two percent increase from the second half of Season Two, which aired on the cable network from January to March. The show saw bigger gains in the viewers age 25 to 54 demographic (seven percent), and viewers 18 to 49 (4 percent).



The new episode of Galactica brought up the network's ratings an impressive 75 percent from the same period a year ago, representing a total viewership increase of 93 percent. The same key demographics increased more than 100 percent.



Along with lead-ins Heroes (off-network rerun at 7 p.m.) and a new episode of Doctor Who (8 p.m.), SCI FI averaged a 1.4 rating for the 4-hour SCI FI Friday programming block.



New episodes of Battlestar Galactica continue every Friday at its new time: 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific!
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First they cancelled Stargate, and now Battlestar is down in viewers. Bad karma?
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ratings matter to advertisers and networks.
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Guess Sci-Fi are starting to regret their decision to split up the great friday night line up from last season...in this case the whole IS clearly greater than the sum of its parts
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Ratings don't mean much these days. Everything is online. Hell, I ditched cable tv because I can stream most tv shows the next day off the internet. I saw the 2nd half of Stargate SG-1 season 7 or was it 8(?) before it premiered in the US because they aired it in England months beforehand...
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