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Battlestar Galactica Renewed For A Fourth Season

The hit Sci Fi series Battlestar Galactica has been renewed for a fourth season, Sci Fi announced yesterday.

The fourth season is tentatively set for a premiere in January of 2008, with production on 13 episodes to begin this summer.“We’re thrilled to bring ‘Battlestar’ back for another season. This series has delivered on every level -– from the writing to the acting to the production values,” says Mark Stern, the channel’s Executive Vice President of Programming. “Sci Fi is proud to be the home of the best show on television.”

‘Galactica’ recently went through a time-period move from Friday evening to Sunday evening after a slump in the ratings.  The move appeared to pay off, or at least stem off the decline in ratings.  The episode from two weeks back drew the largest audience for the series since the second season premiere.

When time-shifted viewers were added in, a total of 2.5M viewers tuned into the 1/28/2007 episode (with 1.6M in the key adults 18-49 demographic).  That is a very strong improvement of nearly 22% from its final Live + Same Day performance of 2.05M viewers.

However, the bump was short lived, as the episode from the following week made for a new series low, earning a 1.2 household rating and only 1.5M viewers (1.0M of which were among the A18-49 demo).

Final Ratings (not accounting time-shifted viewers) for the show so far this season on Sunday follow below:

3×11 – 1.39 household rating, 1.802M viewers (1.255M A18-49)
3×12 – 1.51 household rating, 2.050M viewers  (1.235M A18-49)
3×13 – 1.17 household rating, 1.500M viewers (1.001M A18-49)

New episodes of Battlestar Galactica air Sunday nights at 10:00 p.m., after freshman drama The Dresden Files (9:00 p.m.).