Battlestar gets blown out of space on NBC

The Sci-Fi Channel's reimagining of the '70s intergalactic wagon-train show Battlestar Galactica is one of that cable net's top-rated shows, and it has inspired critical acclaim as well as a growing legion of hardcore fans. NBC's re-airing of episodes previously aired on the Sci-Fi Channel crashed and burned like a Colonial Viper under attack from a swarm of Cylon Raiders.

NBC trailed the other big three networks the night of Saturday, July 9, when it ran the Galactica marathon. The network landed in fourth place for each of the prime-time hours, as well as in the coveted demographic of 18- to 49-years-olds.

The 1970s Battlestar Galactica was a big-budget space opera created in the wake of Star Wars. It chronicled the story of a humanlike race that fled the destruction of its homeworld by the evil robots known as the Cylons. The last Battlestar, named Galactica, led "a rag-tag fugitive fleet on a lonely quest. A shining planet, known as Earth," all the while being pursued by the Cylons. Quite lavish for its time, with a cast that included Lorne Greene, it lasted for less than two seasons.

The revamped Battlestar Galactica, which features Edward James Olmos, sexy female Cylons, and state-of-the-art special effects, garners around 3 million viewers an episode and is considered a success. On NBC, the rebroadcast of the new shows was watched by 2.3 million viewers and wound up in last place. This speaks to the nature of cable vs. broadcast--sci-fi does much better on cable, where it takes fewer viewers for a show to qualify as a "hit."

The second season of the new Battlestar Galactica premieres this Friday, July 15, on The Sci-Fi Channel. There has been no word on whether Sci-Fi plans on updating Galactica 1980.

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Not a surprise. I love this show and didn't even know it was going to be on untill i looked threw my guide and there it was
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The disappointing numbers aren't surprising considering the lack of promotion the reairing on network television got.
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Liked the original show...

Like the new one more...

but if its not another moronic reality show most of the Sheeple won't like it.
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NBC is stupid
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NBC ****s
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I like the old "Battlestar Galactica" and the new "B.G." I love the show and it was very wonderful show !!!!!
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Here's NBC TV Lineup:
Reality Show 1
Reality Show 2
Reality Show 3
Reality Show 4
Comedy
Reality Show 5
Reality Show 6
Reality Show 7
Reality Show 8
Comedy
Reality Show 9
Reality Show 10
then...Unknown Sci-fi show.

And this network expects to have their viewers watch sci-fi?

I love BSG BTW
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I never watched this show - there's so much I missed!
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BSG (2003) is the best thing that happened to Sci-Fi (not the TV channel in this case) in the past two years. I cannot help thinking that this is the direction StarTrek should have taken. The only thing I do not like about the new version of BSG is the Babe Cylone/Gaius Baltar thing.
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Who wrote that last line of drivel? Galactica 1980 ****ED majorly badly and Rondald D Moore wants nothing to do with that show. Plus, when you consider that several major markets pre-empted these reruns on Saturday night for things like the Miss Texas pageant, you can't get an accurate read for how it would do on the network.

Keep it on Sci-Fi. It's their most successful show ever and it will do just fine there with its audience.
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That's harsh.
The only reason it bombed on NBC is beacuse they didn't tell anyone they were showing the blood thing.
Sci-Fi runs an ad with everything they broadcast.
NBC kept it a secret... they never ran a single ad...
Of course it bombed for them.
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NBC just trying to get more people to the show. To bad it did not work.
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Could the problem be that the people who were interested in the new series had already seen the episodes? And why do this with Battlestar? Didn't see them do this with Farscape or SG-1. Nope the networks aren't ready for hardcore sci-fi.

Now just give us a re-imagining of 1980 and you may have a hit.
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I expected as much... The network TV audience has lost its taste for Sci-Fi, which is rather sad...
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I was flipping channels and was Part Two of the finale. But shows like BSG probably wouldn't get as much attention on network as they would on cable.
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Another network screw up in how they handle a sci fi series, what a surprise! This is a series that was able to overcome the baggage of its odd predecessor by the word of mouth it generated which took time. I suppose some admired the original series but I was only willing to give the new series a chance after repeated reports of how much it had changed. So what does NBC do? They put all three hours on one night rather than give it a chance benefit from word of mouth. They think their expensive TV ads are all they need and again they're wrong.
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This is not a bad show for cable...especially the Sci-FI channel, but for Network TV? I don't think so. Maybe Law and Order: Galactica would be a better idea NBC
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Well, yes. I know that I couldn't see it because San Antonio decided to show an hour long health PSA and then a beauty pagent.

It ****ed. I wanted my BSG!
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Cool! I hate this show.
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I liked what little I saw of that show. If I wasn't so busy that day, I probably would have watched all of the episodes.
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*barfs* What is it with this show that makes NBC want to rerun it so badly?
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