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.