Sci Fi Orders Third Round of 'Battlestar'
Though it will come as a surprise to no one, Sci Fi Channel is readying a third season of its grim space opera "Battlestar Galactica." The series fell off somewhat during its second season-dropping from an average of 1.7 million 18- to 49-year-old viewers last year to 1.5 million. But the program still helped lead Sci Fi to consistent Friday night victories over all of basic cable, besting runners-up TNT, USA Network and Spike. Sci Fi had no comment as the renewal deal was still being finalized. Last week the network announced fellow Friday night dramas "Stargate SG-1" and "Stargate Atlantis" were renewed for 20 episodes each and noted that the 10th-season renewal of "SG-1" makes it the longest-running science fiction television program of all time, outlasting "The X-Files," "Twilight Zone" and every iteration of "Star Trek." -JAMES HIBBERD
Take that, Enterprise!
SyFyPortal has also reported the news, with some interesting figures, regarding the ratings for the past two seasons:
The series did see a slight drop in its weekly viewership over the course of the show's second season, with 1.5 million viewers tuning in compared to 1.7 million that watched the show last year on average in the coveted 18-49 demographic. Overall, nearly 3 million people tune in to see the show each week.
"Galactica" did help SciFi beat other cable channels on Friday night, including TNT, USA Network and Spike.
"Battlestar Galactica" is getting ready to launch the second half of its second season in January to complete its first 20-episode year. While SciFi maintains a standard of 20-episode seasons, it was not immediately clear how many episodes SciFi had ordered, since the network was not yet ready to comment on the renewal.