If you became a fan of the newer Battlestar Galactica series that aired on Syfy a few years back, you’re not alone. The show helped push Syfy onto the map of TV ratings back then. (Or at least as a strong part of the equation for ratings.)
After that lame-ass ending that Ronald D. Moore pulled out of his… back pocket, we still wanted more of the series. Along came the prequel Caprica.
In it’s own right, it was a very smart series, looking at how the Cylons came into being. But the show was too cerebral for the standard cable TV viewer. It was straggling along with so-so ratings that probably could have warranted a renewal, but someone, somewhere, deemed that it be moved to Monday nights.
That pretty much sealed its fate. Without enough spaceship battles to keep it lively enough for TV viewers, the ratings plummeted after the move to Mondays.
(To this day, I swear, someone in the exec offices wanted this show dead. Otherwise, why would they have moved it to the ratings graveyard known as Monday? Friday is bad enough, but it was surviving there.)
After the short-lived Caprica, there were rumors of one more attempt at a Battlestar Galactica series, and it was based on the early days of the young William Adama.
It took forever as the news about the series came in bits, first saying it was going to be a TV series, then a TV movie, then a web series, and finally, a set number of web series episodes made into TV movie, etc., until it finally did air last year.
The 8 webisodes pulled in almost 7 million views online. Then Syfy aired the web-to-TV movie project to just a touch over 1 million viewers. On IMDb, fans were ratings it an 8 out of 10. And yes, it was a good TV movie and made me want more of the series.
Here goes that conspiracy theory again:
But rather than taking the opportunity to fill in a Saturday Night Original Movie slot with this prequel, they aired it opposite the biggest cable TV series that’s ever hit cable, The Walking Dead.
Never mind that it also aired up against a few other basic network mid-season premieres.
I mean seriously, empirically, it looks like someone doesn’t want any of this new BSG material to succeed!
Any way, when I questioned if Blood and Chrome had a future on Syfy, I also touched on how its not just ratings, but other factors too, like DVD sales and such.
When all was said and done, not enough numbers would seem to be the theme here.
io9 reported that after talking to a Syfy rep, they were told there were no plans for any more Battlestar Galactica series in the pipe.
I’d like to think that BSG isn’t done. But at this point in time, if it’s one thing I’ve learned about some networks, no news is bad news and I don’t think it has a future anywhere near Syfy. Maybe the BBC can pick it up and run with it.
We’ll have to settle for what we got and enjoy it in syndication, web episodes or on DVD.