Silverman, Battlestar extend cable stays

Comedy Central's brand new The Sarah Silverman Program and Sci-Fi Channel veteran Battlestar Galactica will be back for additional seasons.

Sarah Silverman, which debuted February 1, has been renewed for a second season. The news comes after the show's second episode aired Thursday.

The original series, which airs from 10:30 to 11 p.m., debuted to good numbers for the network, drawing 1.8 million total viewers. That figure made the show's debut the best for a Comedy Central original since the premiere of the animated series Drawn Together (2.2 million viewers) in 2004.

Meanwhile, Sci-Fi is expected to announce Tuesday that it's giving the critically acclaimed Battlestar a fourth-season pickup. The network has ordered 13 episodes, targeted for a January premiere.

Last month, the series relocated from Fridays to a 10 p.m. slot on Sundays, where it has been averaging 1.7 million total viewers.

While the January 21 midseason debut garnered 1.8 million viewers--marking the network's best performance at 10 p.m. Sundays since June 2003 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)--the third season's total-viewer average overall is down slightly from the second season.

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