Discussion in 'Battlestar Galactica & Caprica' started by Temis the Vorta, Feb 5, 2009.
Irrelevant to BSG's fate but a good sign for Caprica:
That said, I'm happy with its fate. It's ending at just the right time.
Hm. Could it be that the word of mouth promotion started to pick up in the mid season gap? I always suspected that 5 years from now the number of people who would have watched if they felt the same way at the time would be huge.
Sorry..not impressed...Yeah, I know viewing habits are different...but 2 million? This show just is not seen beyond the genre fans it has. Heck, almost the same amount of people watch GENERAL HOSPITAL every day....and compared to TNG, and even Deep Space Nine's ratings (both sydicated) BSG isn't even in the same ball park....
And one must ask why are nuBSG's numbers down compared to its own highs from seasons one and two??? Erosion...pure and simple.
2 million is good for a five-year old show on Sci-Fi. There's no point in comparing its ratings to shows on broadcast networks.
"Battlestar? Oh, is that still on? I thought it finished last year."
Lately, I've been thinking that if Moore hadn't pulled the plug on BSG, it would have gotten renewed for a 5th season. Caprica getting a full season order started that belief and now this news about the ratings has me believing it even more.
2.8 million is good for a cable series... esp. a scifi cable series. For a little perspective check out this story from last year regarding AMC's Mad Men.
That's right... even after Mad Men's viewers doubled from season one they still weren't getting 2 million viewers. And that is for a series with a far more mainstream premise that regularly dominates the awards ceremonies.
BSG is doing very well. Good for them, they deserve it.
Sorry, but these aren't good numbers, its Sci Fi spin. SciFi has combined the overnight same day ratings with the DVR +7 day numbers to get this figure. And it's only for the 4.5 "season" premier. Numbers have been dropping since and last week it was bested by three other Sci Fi shows: Ghost Hunters International,Wyvern (Movie), and ECW. Actual viewers last week: 1,560,000. DVR results take 3 weeks to come back and may help this a bit, but overall, I think these are bad numbers especially considering the show is in it's final episodes.
meh... and i thought Terminator had bad ratings.
Once an endpoint for the series was decided, I stopped caring about ratings. They only matter to me when the survival/renewal of future seasons is at stake. I stopped bothering with LOST's ratings too once they announced the end-point of the series.
Indeed. At this point, ratings won't affect anything. BSG is ending. It's final episodes have been filmed and will air. Fans will get to watch the story reach its natural ending. The same is true for "Lost". The end-date has been selected. ABC isn't going to cancel it beforehand. Ratings don't really matter anymore. The only thing I care about is telling good stories.
Eh. Nobody watched The Wire, either. Mad Men likewise has a pretty minuscule audience. Frankly, I'm amazed so many people watched The Sopranos. You want numbers? Go watch Paula and Simon drive another poor chick to off herself.
EDIT: I see Kelso already noted Mad Men.
Sure they're putting it in a good light, but Battlestar is one of the most DVR'd and BitTorrented shows currently on TV. Also, these are the best numbers the show has seen since it's season 2 premiere, so I'm sure they're happy.
With due respect, I don't think they, as in the studio and network, are really happy about being high on the BitTorrented lists. That means people are getting their copy-written material illegally which could mean DVD sales they may not get. Also, networks care about advertising and people DVRing and downloading the show aren't watching those ads. That means the network has to charge less for that time. The Sci Fi spin is to make things sound rosey but it's hard for me to think everything's all that great when they once hit a near 3 million mark. Sci Fi used to have at least 3 shows in the cable top 20 each week. None of their shows make that now. So I can't buy the "greatest numbers ever..." line from Sci Fi when I know they've had better numbers.
I agree. This show wouldn't be so great right now if it weren't hurtling towards its conclusion.
It's very decent by cable standards. Wonderful shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Dexter draw fewer viewers. All I care about is that they get the audience that lets them pay the bills.
All the good genre shows get bittorented, it's just par for the course. As long as they can remain a functioning business regardless, I'm fine with the cable-level numbers and the piracy. (although all you pirates should be ashamed! of yourselves!)
The Sci Fi spin is to make things sound rosey but it's hard for me to think everything's all that great when they once hit a near 3 million mark.
Keeeeee-rap...look at the nose dive that Heroes, Lost and Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles have taken over their lifespans! It's tough out there. 3M to 2M is doing fine!
Some pirates buys the DVDs when they come out... not that I have personal experience with that or anything.
Uh? Getting 2 million viewers might be "ok in the rough economy" (I don't agree with that, but we'll go with it) but they are spinning their numbers saying they just had the best January ever after loosing a million viewers. That's a million less than they had before. Therefore, Jan 2005 was a better Jan than this one. That's just simple math is all I'm saying.
Your point would be improved if you knew how to spell losing.
Just a tip.
As for the ratings, Battlestar is dark, depressing and so deeply burrowed within its own mythos that it would be a miracle for a new viewer to tune in and stick with it. Given that, and the generally abysmal SciFi ratings, getting anything near last season's numbers is a win.
Would Scifi be hppy if the retings were better? Sure.
But this is the highest rated episode the show's had in 3 and a half years. I highly doubt they're upset over it.
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