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Battlestar Galactica Season 3 Premiere Disappoints

The season 3 premiere of the Sci Fi Channel critical favorite and recent recipient of a Peabody Award, premiered last week with a 1.8 rating (1.0 A18-49). That’s a shade under 2.2M viewers (2.16M).

That pales in comparison to the show’s second season premiere back in July of 2005 (3.05M viewers), but is on par with where the series left off back in September of last year (about 2.1M viewers).

Though 2.2M is not terrible for a Sci Fi channel show, when you factor in all of the great press and media exposure the series has recieved as of late by fans and critical press alike, a stronger showing was expected.

Battlestar Galactica (2004) premiered as a mini-series in December of 2003. The show, whose roots date back to the 70’s cult favorite Sci-Fi show, was re-imagined by Ronald D. Moore of Star Trek fame (“The Next Generation”, “Deep Space Nine” and a brief stint on “Voyager”).

Bowing to strong ratings (3.90M viewers for the first part of the mini-series and 4.46M for the second part), Sci Fi and Sky One (from the UK) immediately commissioned work to begin crafting the show into a tv series. It premiered its first season in the Fall of 2004 on UK television, before making its way over to the United States by way of Sci Fi in the Summer of 2005.

The mini-series averaged a 3.2 rating (4.2M viewers), the first season a 2.4 rating (2.9M viewers) and the second season a 2.0 rating (2.4M viewers).

In related news to the show, rumors had begun circulating that NBC was interested in picking up the show and airing it on their network. NBC told Sci Fi wire that “There is no truth to this rumor” (Galactica Rumors Squashed [Sci Fi Wire])

New episodes air every Friday at 9:00 PM on Sci Fi.

  • Braxton Perry

    You are wrong!

    Galactica is better than everything else on TV. All other TV shows should kneel before its brilliance! Galactica is to science fiction what Metallica is to heavy metal!

    I wish the ratings were better, but to do that they would have to mainstream the show and it would suffer. Let it hold to its passion and intensity because it is timeless and will wait for future generations to appreciate it.

    Just like “Master of Puppets”.

    Do not mainstream it!

  • Braxton Perry

    You are wrong!

    Galactica is better than everything else on TV. All other TV shows should kneel before its brilliance! Galactica is to science fiction what Metallica is to heavy metal!

    I wish the ratings were better, but to do that they would have to mainstream the show and it would suffer. Let it hold to its passion and intensity because it is timeless and will wait for future generations to appreciate it.

    Just like “Master of Puppets”.

    Do not mainstream it!

  • I wasn’t suggesting BSG is a poor product. Full disclosure, I haven’t watched the third season and most likely will not. (I watched the series up through the second season and became disinterested).

    The article was meant to inform of the decline in ratings that the series has been showing. That decline continues to be exhibited.

    Here are the ratings for the third season thus far:

    3×01-02 – 1.8
    3×03 – 1.6
    3×04 – 1.5
    3×05 – 1.4
    3×06 – 1.5
    3×07 – 1.5
    3×08 – 1.3

    The move to Sunday’s is an attempt to increase exposure in the show. It’s not necessarily to make it mainstream (which I agree with you, it shouldn’t be mainstream). The ratings should be higher.

  • I wasn’t suggesting BSG is a poor product. Full disclosure, I haven’t watched the third season and most likely will not. (I watched the series up through the second season and became disinterested).

    The article was meant to inform of the decline in ratings that the series has been showing. That decline continues to be exhibited.

    Here are the ratings for the third season thus far:

    3×01-02 – 1.8
    3×03 – 1.6
    3×04 – 1.5
    3×05 – 1.4
    3×06 – 1.5
    3×07 – 1.5
    3×08 – 1.3

    The move to Sunday’s is an attempt to increase exposure in the show. It’s not necessarily to make it mainstream (which I agree with you, it shouldn’t be mainstream). The ratings should be higher.