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No Nielsen Ratings Glory for BSG Season Four Premiere

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April 7th, 2008

apollo-bsg.jpgAs predicted, the Battlestar Galactica season four premiere will be bested by about 20 SpongeBob airings. The season four premiere did but a 1.3/2 (Household rating/share) and a 1.1/3 in the 18-49 demo (the good news, I suppose, is that almost the entire viewership was in the demo). , I can't say I understand the phenomenon, but, as they say, it is what it is. Overall, the show drew 2.138 million viewers.

Just another data point of Internet buzz means this: almost absolutely nothing at all. So many things including Monk and Psych on Sunday night (which was generally considered very lousy ratings) beatdown BSG so badly that it's perplexing.

Update: more data -- 1.5+ million 25-54 viewers. 1.4 million 18-49 viewers. Best 18-49 performance since Jan 13, 2006. Best 25-54 performance since October 6, 2006 (season 3 premiere). 606,000 women 18-49 watched -- the best performance the show has ever had by that metric. Chicks dig BSG! (43% of 18-49 viewership was among females). It was the #3 cable program in primetime overall on Friday, and #4 in the 18-49 demo, and #1 in the 25-54 demo.

While I'm a harsh critic of BSG because it set such a high bar with its miniseries/pilot in the wayback, I thought the season four premiere very, very good. But for all the Internet buzz, for the thousands of headlines, for the New York Times coverage to boot -- it did worse than a new episode of Supernatural on the CW, and way, way, way, worse than any airing of Jericho. But, I'm not surprised by that at all. I still can't wait to see who the final cylon is, and because you can never get too much of Tricia Helfer/Number 6...enjoy:

Tricia Helfer as Number 6 on BSG

 
  • Polly

    Thanks for the info. I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed the show as much as I did the first season, but I don’t understand the low numbers either. Oh well. Maybe I should check out SpongeBob must be something there I’m missing?

    As much as we love the girls maybe you could show some love to your female visitors? (Not a complaint just a hopeful suggestion!)

  • Polly

    Thanks for the info. I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed the show as much as I did the first season, but I don’t understand the low numbers either. Oh well. Maybe I should check out SpongeBob must be something there I’m missing?

    As much as we love the girls maybe you could show some love to your female visitors? (Not a complaint just a hopeful suggestion!)

  • Polly

    Thanks!

  • Polly

    Thanks!

  • Polly

    Thanks!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    No problem Polly: we’re full service when it comes to cheesecake :-)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    No problem Polly: we’re full service when it comes to cheesecake :-)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    No problem Polly: we’re full service when it comes to cheesecake :-)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    No problem Polly: we’re full service when it comes to cheesecake :-)

  • Jason

    Thanks for the little bonus there at the end…

    On another note, I saw this press release from NBC (http://www.nbcumv.com/scifi/release_detail.nbc/scifi-20080407000000-039battlestargal.html) that is claiming a higher rating, though with the same raw viewer numbers. Don’t know if things have just changed somewhere with the data, guess it’s not a huge deal since the show is gonna get to finish its run without getting canned beforehand. But if you’re a stat junkie, this could alter the trend of the show’s performance, per the numbers collected at (http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/List_of_Nielsen_ratings_%28RDM%29).

    Based on the 1.3 figure here, it would be a slight uptick from Razor’s 1.21, and more or less on par with the show’s numbers for much of the previous season. But, take the 1.6 rating that NBC (and TVGuide for that matter) claims, and it marks the shows best performance since the third S3 episode, Exodus Part I, which also got a 1.6.

    Now, this doesn’t necessarily indicate anything, as the numbers were probably boosted by premiere-night sampling. Plus it’s still lower than the numbers for every episode of the first 2 seasons. Like I said, not really much of a deal, but I was intrigued by the discrepancy.

    For me though, I was quite impressed with the episode. Hopefully it’s an indicator that the recovery of quality that began at the end of the last season will continue through all of this one.

  • Jason

    Thanks for the little bonus there at the end…

    On another note, I saw this press release from NBC (http://www.nbcumv.com/scifi/release_detail.nbc/scifi-20080407000000-039battlestargal.html) that is claiming a higher rating, though with the same raw viewer numbers. Don’t know if things have just changed somewhere with the data, guess it’s not a huge deal since the show is gonna get to finish its run without getting canned beforehand. But if you’re a stat junkie, this could alter the trend of the show’s performance, per the numbers collected at (http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/List_of_Nielsen_ratings_%28RDM%29).

    Based on the 1.3 figure here, it would be a slight uptick from Razor’s 1.21, and more or less on par with the show’s numbers for much of the previous season. But, take the 1.6 rating that NBC (and TVGuide for that matter) claims, and it marks the shows best performance since the third S3 episode, Exodus Part I, which also got a 1.6.

    Now, this doesn’t necessarily indicate anything, as the numbers were probably boosted by premiere-night sampling. Plus it’s still lower than the numbers for every episode of the first 2 seasons. Like I said, not really much of a deal, but I was intrigued by the discrepancy.

    For me though, I was quite impressed with the episode. Hopefully it’s an indicator that the recovery of quality that began at the end of the last season will continue through all of this one.

  • Jason

    Thanks for the little bonus there at the end…

    On another note, I saw this press release from NBC (http://www.nbcumv.com/scifi/release_detail.nbc/scifi-20080407000000-039battlestargal.html) that is claiming a higher rating, though with the same raw viewer numbers. Don’t know if things have just changed somewhere with the data, guess it’s not a huge deal since the show is gonna get to finish its run without getting canned beforehand. But if you’re a stat junkie, this could alter the trend of the show’s performance, per the numbers collected at (http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/List_of_Nielsen_ratings_%28RDM%29).

    Based on the 1.3 figure here, it would be a slight uptick from Razor’s 1.21, and more or less on par with the show’s numbers for much of the previous season. But, take the 1.6 rating that NBC (and TVGuide for that matter) claims, and it marks the shows best performance since the third S3 episode, Exodus Part I, which also got a 1.6.

    Now, this doesn’t necessarily indicate anything, as the numbers were probably boosted by premiere-night sampling. Plus it’s still lower than the numbers for every episode of the first 2 seasons. Like I said, not really much of a deal, but I was intrigued by the discrepancy.

    For me though, I was quite impressed with the episode. Hopefully it’s an indicator that the recovery of quality that began at the end of the last season will continue through all of this one.

  • Jason

    Thanks for the little bonus there at the end…

    On another note, I saw this press release from NBC (http://www.nbcumv.com/scifi/release_detail.nbc/scifi-20080407000000-039battlestargal.html) that is claiming a higher rating, though with the same raw viewer numbers. Don’t know if things have just changed somewhere with the data, guess it’s not a huge deal since the show is gonna get to finish its run without getting canned beforehand. But if you’re a stat junkie, this could alter the trend of the show’s performance, per the numbers collected at (http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/List_of_Nielsen_ratings_%28RDM%29).

    Based on the 1.3 figure here, it would be a slight uptick from Razor’s 1.21, and more or less on par with the show’s numbers for much of the previous season. But, take the 1.6 rating that NBC (and TVGuide for that matter) claims, and it marks the shows best performance since the third S3 episode, Exodus Part I, which also got a 1.6.

    Now, this doesn’t necessarily indicate anything, as the numbers were probably boosted by premiere-night sampling. Plus it’s still lower than the numbers for every episode of the first 2 seasons. Like I said, not really much of a deal, but I was intrigued by the discrepancy.

    For me though, I was quite impressed with the episode. Hopefully it’s an indicator that the recovery of quality that began at the end of the last season will continue through all of this one.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    the 1.6 was for the 25-54 demo. You gotta read the press releases closely, those folks were born to use the highest number available whatever it is. the 1.3/2 rating/share was the actual HH rating/share overall.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    the 1.6 was for the 25-54 demo. You gotta read the press releases closely, those folks were born to use the highest number available whatever it is. the 1.3/2 rating/share was the actual HH rating/share overall.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    the 1.6 was for the 25-54 demo. You gotta read the press releases closely, those folks were born to use the highest number available whatever it is. the 1.3/2 rating/share was the actual HH rating/share overall.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    the 1.6 was for the 25-54 demo. You gotta read the press releases closely, those folks were born to use the highest number available whatever it is. the 1.3/2 rating/share was the actual HH rating/share overall.

  • kayarn

    i dont watch this show but i have to think that those are good numbers for the scifi channel and especially for a friday night.

  • kayarn

    i dont watch this show but i have to think that those are good numbers for the scifi channel and especially for a friday night.

  • kayarn

    i dont watch this show but i have to think that those are good numbers for the scifi channel and especially for a friday night.

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