Caprica on Syfy Is Floundering In The Ratings

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Caprica Caprica on Syfy Is Floundering In The Ratings

When Caprica premiered on the Syfy Channel, it premiered to 1.6 million sets of eyeballs.  The number wasn’t as phenomenal as many would have thought that this Battlestar Galactica (BSG) prequel would have brought in.  But heck, they previewed the heck out the Caprica pilot in the year prior to when it aired.

I presumed the ratings of the premiere were low due to the over-saturation of the pilot.  But friends were saying how dull the show was and the ratings would seem to back that, as the 2nd episode brought in 1.4 million viewers & the 3rd episode, 1.1 million.  (It was beat out by Swamp Loggers on Discovery. Ouch!)

For me, I like the show because everything that happens are precursors to the end game of BSG.  That’s how I get past that damn mournful dirge of a theme they keep playing.  Gads, that sound haunts me.  But I also get what people are saying about it being slow.  It’s very slow.

What got me focused on the ratings recently were a few ads that Syfy had been playing.  They no longer are depending on the pitch of the name of Caprica by itself.  They’re now calling it the “Battlestar Galactica Saga, Caprica.”

When ratings drop and a network starts gesturing madly towards another namesake show to pitch the one on the air now, it feels like warning bells going off in my head.  But Syfy looks to be addressing the declining ratings of the show in a conversation with Michael Hinman of Airlock Alpha saying they’re behind Caprica for the long haul.

In that conversation they also said things are  going to pick up starting in March.  We’re going to see Vipers, go to Gemenon & Tauron and other issues will get exciting.

Syfy also will “most likely want to use Caprica as a jumping off point for a new series.”  They say, that by doing this, it shows just how much faith they have in the show.  Is it faith, or lack of concern when they don’t ramp up marketing?  Are they hoping the audience will grow organically, since they’re not increasing their marketing of the show?

On top of that, nothing says a network doesn’t care about a show, as much as playing original episodes up against the Olympics.

I loved the premiere episode of Caprica.  I thought it had incredible potential, but the plot is moving slowly as they develop each angle of the story.  There may be too many angles, too many details that are dragging down the ratings of Caprica.  Nielsen families have proven time and time again they don’t want to come home and think too hard.  They want to become immersed in a simpler version of life that they can relate to in one fashion or another, or escape the tedious angles of life.  Convoluted story lines aren’t that.

With things being promised to pick up, well, that’s great but I’m wondering if I wasn’t just fed some PR spin?

Sources:  TV By The Numers (1), (2), (3), (4), Airlock Alpha

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  1. I feel like there's a perception of Nielsen families as being a certain way. I was a Nielsen participant for one week of sweeps, and I'm a fan of shows like BSG, Buffy and Farscape. I've known other people who were also Nielsen participants and like offbeat shows. I think the biggest reason some shows score so high is because you don't generally need to tune in from week to week to be able to follow them; I'm a huge fan of serial shows, and almost everything I watch falls in that category, yet even I sometimes tune into a non-serial show if I am in a mood to watch fictional TV and there's nothing I prefer to watch on at the time (be it live or on my DVR). Do I enjoy them like I enjoy my serial programs? Certainly not. But they're a decent way to pass a half-hour or hour of down time.

    For me, I was really excited about Caprica coming, but my excitement was quite quickly dashed. The show just isn't very interesting. Almost all of the adult characters behave in ways that I find reprehensible, and the show hasn't done enough to show this viewer, at least, why the characters are doing these reprehensible things. On BSG, people often behaved in ways that I found abhorrent or disappointing or whatever else, but even if I hated what the character was choosing to do, I'd been shown enough about the characters to not hate *the character themself*. The lack of this distinction on Caprica is, to me, one of the worst things about it, and by the third episode I found myself so impatient with most of the adult characters that I started to fast-forward some of their scenes. (I find the younger characters both more interesting and more likable.) I'm a big James Marsters fan, and had meant to tune into episode four despite all my misgivings, but I just plain forgot about it – forgot that it was even on. I'm sure part of that was because they ended up yanking the show for at least part of the Olympics, so by the time it came back on, some time had passed and I just wasn't thinking of it any more. But still, that's a bad sign – if I really enjoy a show, I tend to check every so often to see if it's coming back from a hiatus.

    I checked for tonight and saw it was new, and that they've got it on at 8 pm now, which is what prompted me to do a search to see what its ratings are like, as I thought it used to be on at 9pm (but maybe I am misremembering). I don't know if I'll record it, though. I wish that the writing was stronger. Even good actors can only do so much with a weak script.

  2. I feel like there's a perception of Nielsen families as being a certain way. I was a Nielsen participant for one week of sweeps, and I'm a fan of shows like BSG, Buffy and Farscape. I've known other people who were also Nielsen participants and like offbeat shows. I think the biggest reason some shows score so high is because you don't generally need to tune in from week to week to be able to follow them; I'm a huge fan of serial shows, and almost everything I watch falls in that category, yet even I sometimes tune into a non-serial show if I am in a mood to watch fictional TV and there's nothing I prefer to watch on at the time (be it live or on my DVR). Do I enjoy them like I enjoy my serial programs? Certainly not. But they're a decent way to pass a half-hour or hour of down time.

    For me, I was really excited about Caprica coming, but my excitement was quite quickly dashed. The show just isn't very interesting. Almost all of the adult characters behave in ways that I find reprehensible, and the show hasn't done enough to show this viewer, at least, why the characters are doing these reprehensible things. On BSG, people often behaved in ways that I found abhorrent or disappointing or whatever else, but even if I hated what the character was choosing to do, I'd been shown enough about the characters to not hate *the character themself*. The lack of this distinction on Caprica is, to me, one of the worst things about it, and by the third episode I found myself so impatient with most of the adult characters that I started to fast-forward some of their scenes. (I find the younger characters both more interesting and more likable.) I'm a big James Marsters fan, and had meant to tune into episode four despite all my misgivings, but I just plain forgot about it – forgot that it was even on. I'm sure part of that was because they ended up yanking the show for at least part of the Olympics, so by the time it came back on, some time had passed and I just wasn't thinking of it any more. But still, that's a bad sign – if I really enjoy a show, I tend to check every so often to see if it's coming back from a hiatus.

    I checked for tonight and saw it was new, and that they've got it on at 8 pm now, which is what prompted me to do a search to see what its ratings are like, as I thought it used to be on at 9pm (but maybe I am misremembering). I don't know if I'll record it, though. I wish that the writing was stronger. Even good actors can only do so much with a weak script.

  3. Sci-Fi adding the “BSG” name in front of “Caprica” for marketing purposes sounds like UPN adding “Star Trek” in front of “Enterprise.” Whups…..

  4. The pace of the pilot was good. The pace of the subsequent shows of Caprica is so silly slow that it makes me think the entire story can be a movie.

  5. Yea. This show needs to be canceled if it continues down this path. Whats up with athe gay stuff? Im not gay so why show that? The majority of people are not gay (obviously because we are alive). Having that apart of the show is a huge turn off for me. I loved BSG series even if it wasnt perfect. And then they come up with Caprica. Same goes for SGU. I like everything but the gay aspect. If they keep it up im going to stop watching that too.

    Gay is wrong and they choose to do that. But dont force others to accept it by putting it on everyshow. Lets say that gays are right about them being the opposite sex in the wrong body. What sence does it make to be with another gay person? Example. If you are a woman in a mans body then why be with another woman in a mans body? I though you liked men. If he is not a man on the inside then he is not a man. And you know this.

    • They are pushing the Gay crap and the interracial crap. I know several interracial couples, I almost married a nice African American woman, two actually. But when Hollywood does it is crap and seems phony and preachy like they are pushing an agenda instead of just making it part of life.

  6. Which means you choose to go on knowing full well the man ur with is a woman inside. It doesnt make any sense. When something is wrong, it will never be right. I tried to take gays word for it but it still makes no sense. Bottom line is stop all the gay stuff. We dont want to look at that. No suprise that ratings are bad.

  7. This show is trying to go for a depressing vibe. When its not depressing its boring. The rare times it has anything that approaches some excitement it cuts it to another scene after literally 5 seconds and attempts to stretch out 60 seconds of excitement over an entire episode. Did I forget to say its boring?

  8. Andrew, take your lame homophobia to a site that cares, like rightwing christianstoday.com. It is one thing to complain about a heavy gay theme, it is another to go on about how wrong homosexuality is in general, it just makes you look like another closeted homosexual angry at god that you have these urges like pretty much every other rightwing haters of the gays who ends up getting busted in a airport bathroom stall with a 21 yo Filipino guy.

    As for the show, it is BORING. It was boring from the start and it just got cancelled for being boring. It wasn’t too cerebral, it wasn’t too deep, it was just slow as hell. Inception was cerebral, but it wasn’t slow or boring.

    The mistake made was the same they keep making with SciFi. They are so terrified of making a nerd fantasy epic like Deep space nine or BSG that they keep thinking they got to open up the market to women and other traditionally non-scifi watchers. The creator was even quoted as saying he didnt want to repeat the same formulae for these reasons. They did the same thing with Enterprise, until they realized women and other non-scifi watchers dont want anything to do with a show remotely connected to Scifi no matter how lame the title music is (that stupid ‘faith of the heart’ song was the worst thing they could have done for enterprise, for gods sake they used it in Patch Adams). Yes, yes, the three women who watch scifi along with 1 billion guys trying to date them are going to say I am wrong about women not liking scifi. But that small group of women, even if it is larger then previous decades isnt enough to float a series and their tastes are going to be like guys anyhow and not typical women viewers.

    Bottom line, stop trying to make scifi for non-scifi audiences. It always fails and there is nothing wrong or embarrassing about making good old fashion scifi that appeals to the traditional market.

    • 1. Andrew has free speech like you, he is probably not a homophobe as you imply

      2. I was raised that homosexuality was wrong and I have expressed this to my Homosexual friends, but I treat them with love and respect and they have never called me a homophobe.

      3. I am surely not a liberal but my personal views on homosexuality do not make me a right wing extremist, you can disagree with me of course but Jews and Christians and Muslime which comprise 80% of the worlds population are raised to believe that Homosexuality is wrong, 80% of the world is not homophobic.
      BUT:
      Hollywood is really pushing the Gay agenda and the interracial crap.
      I know several interracial couples, I almost married a nice African American woman, two actually; But when Hollywood does it, it is crap and seems phony and preachy like they are pushing an agenda instead of just making it part of life.
      Gay and Interracial things are too personal and intimate to let Hollywood hack it for PC for commercial purposes or for their’ own agenda instead of providing it with dignity and respect.

      • I want to say that Caprica’s portral of the Gay couple was the most dignified and serious and respectful attempt, it seemed that they were trying to demonstrate that homosexuality was a norm in Caprica with out getting preachy or flamboyant, heck, I did not even know Sam was gay for the first few episodes.

    • Yup, SYFY has really killed “SciFi” They try to cater to women and these women will never drop “Desparate Housewives for ANYTHING on SYFY (Why the name change?)

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