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Battlestar Galactica’s Premiere Draws 2.1 Million Viewers January 21, 2009 5:59 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Battlestar Galactica, Cable TV Ratings, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television.

bsg-520The final episodes of the SCI FI series Battlestar Galactica got off to a solid start on Friday night, with the season 4.5 premiere episode “Sometimes a Great Notion” earning a 1.6 household rating and 2.11 million total viewers.

The show did well in the key demos as well, drawing over 1.3 million adults 18-49 and over 1.4 million adults 25-54.

SCI FI hypes the show’s performance (declaring double-digit gains), but the comparisons are made against the season 4.0 average, not the season 4 premiere.  When compared against the season 4 premiere, the show was flat (off just 1% or 30,000 viewers from the fourth season premiere which drew 2.14M viewers).  Among the key demos, however, the show was off slightly more (10% among adults 18-49 (4.0 premiere had 1.4 million) and 7% among adults 25-54 (4.0 premiere had 1.5 million).

The full press release follows after the jump.

NEW YORK – January 20, 2009 – The final episodes of the Emmy and Peabody-winning series Battlestar Galactica made their highly-anticipated debut on Friday, January 16 at 10pm. The season 4.5 premiere episode, “Sometimes a Great Notion,” earned a 1.6 Household rating, over 1.3 million Adults 18-49, over 1.4 million Adults 25-54 and more than 2.1 million total viewers.

Battlestar was the #1 cable program in the 10pm hour among Men 18-49 and Men 25-54, and SCI FI scored as the #3 cable entertainment network of the night among Adults 25-54 and #4 among Adults 18-49. Friday’s episode delivered double-digit increases versus the show’s highly-rated season 4.0 average – +23% in Household ratings and total viewers, +21% in Adults 18-49 and +15% in Adults 25-54.

Viewers also flocked to SCIFI.COM, the official online destination for all things Battlestar Galactica, making it the best day for the Website since 11/1/08 in page views, best day since 10/31/08 in uniques and best day since 10/7/06 in video streams. The Battlestar Galactica section of SCIFI.COM had its best day since 4/4/08 (season 4.0 premiere) in page views and uniques and best day in video since 10/7/06.

Battlestar Galactica is the gripping saga of humanity’s last remnants and their struggle to find a new home while fleeing from their deadly Cylon enemies. Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, Galactica’s intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances have garnered it numerous awards, including two Emmy Awards and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. The show was recognized by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the most outstanding programs of the year two years running. The series is from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. The outstanding ensemble cast is led by Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park. The series airs Fridays at 10pm on SCI FI.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where “what if” is what’s on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.



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