Monday, April 25, 2005

BSG ratings and syndication

TVGuide's Matt Roush answered a question about BSG and syndication in his Q & A column this week:

Why is Battlestar Galactica not syndicated on an over-the-air station? Andromeda, Enterprise, SG-1, Outer Limits (new version) and Sliders are all on over-the-air stations. — Randall

Matt: First off, it's being produced in first-run for a cable network, not for syndication. Secondly, only one season has so far been produced. When enough episodes are made — and trust me, Battlestar Galactica is good enough to be around for quite a while — I'm sure it will be syndicated to maximize exposure and profits for the show. But for now, it makes sense for Sci Fi to protect its exclusivity (although it's possible you may end up seeing some episodes air on NBC, which is part of the corporate family).
It'll be interesting to see whether NBC does air the series.
This has already been widely reported, but BSG is the highest-rated SCI-FI original series of all time. You can read more about how succesful BSG is over at the Futon Critic.

In related news, here's a recap of BSG's ratings over the whole first season:
1.01 & 1.02 - 33 & Water - 2.6
1.03 - Bastille Day - 2.3
1.04 - Act of Contrition - 2.5
1.05 - You Can't Go Home Again - 2.5
1.06 - Litmus - 2.5
1.07 - Six Degrees of Separation - 2.2
1.08 - Flesh and Bone - 2.5
1.09 - Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down - 2.1
1.10 - The Hand of God - 2.2
1.11 - Colonial Day - 2.3
1.12 - Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 1 - 2.2
1.13 - Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part 2 - 2.5
Thanks to koenigrules over at Ragnar Anchorage.

If you've been wondering about first season reruns: "33" did a .98 and "Water" did .99 (according to shaunomac).

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