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.