Word in from Gateworld.com about the ratings for last Friday's return of Battlestar:
Season Three premieres with strong ratings
The third season of Battlestar Galactica bowed with strong ratings on Friday, October 6, up slightly from the winter 2006 run and smashing SCI FI Channel's records for October, where until now it has aired reruns almost exclusively.
The 2-hour season premiere, "Occupation" / "Precipice," earned a 1.8 average household rating and drew an estimated 2.2 million viewers.
This is a two percent increase from the second half of Season Two, which aired on the cable network from January to March. The show saw bigger gains in the viewers age 25 to 54 demographic (seven percent), and viewers 18 to 49 (4 percent).
The new episode of Galactica brought up the network's ratings an impressive 75 percent from the same period a year ago, representing a total viewership increase of 93 percent. The same key demographics increased more than 100 percent.
Along with lead-ins Heroes (off-network rerun at 7 p.m.) and a new episode of Doctor Who (8 p.m.), SCI FI averaged a 1.4 rating for the 4-hour SCI FI Friday programming block.
New episodes of Battlestar Galactica continue every Friday at its new time: 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific!