Battlestar Galactica Commentary, Episode Two, "Six of One"

I want to start my entry about the latest Battlestar Galactica episode, "Six of One," with a short note about the premier's rating numbers. I'd never really paid attention to the actual rating numbers until I started blogging about Jericho last season. I was quite surprised to find that 7 million viewers was inadequate to prevent the cancellation of the series, mostly because that sounds like a lot of people to me.


Battlestar Galactica's Season Four Premier, "He That Believeth In Me," garnered 2.14 million viewers, and this is cause for excitement. I know that the show is on cable channel SciFi, so there are different expectations for a show, but Jericho certainly doesn't look more expensive to produce that Battlestar Galactica. If it is more expensive, then someone needs an efficiency expert.


Besides, I simply don't believe the Battlestar Galactica numbers. It suffers from what I call "The Enterprise Effect." This is when traditional models for measuring the viewership of a show fail to show the real popularity of a show whose target demographic prefers to watch television on their computers, either streaming or by torrenting the show. Battlestar Galactice has an IMDb rating of 9.1 out of 10. A lot more than 2.14 million people are watching this show, and it is time that SciFi figured out how to take advantage of that.


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Apr 13, 2008 2:01PM EDT

I agree with you completely. I don't pay for cable TV because almost all of what I am interested in is available online, including BSG. I've watched all the episodes online, or DVD which I'm happy to purchase; the show is that good. In terms of views on the website, I watched the premier 6 times and I've watched "Six of One" three times this weekend. Given my laptop is in HD 1080 and my tube is inferior, I wouldn't consider doing it any other way.

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Apr 13, 2008 6:19PM EDT

Not to mention all the folks that "pirate" it. I would be shocked if the viewership was less that 10 million, even though the Nielsen numbers are around 2 million.

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