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. The producers messed up BSG during season 3. They made Cylons of main cast members that were never meant to be nor ever written to be Cylons. So why I didn't expect much from Caprica especially they way the series finished off. And I was right. Caprica is boring, off in tone and pace. They can do better and should that is if they kept that great writing staff…

  2. I agree 100% with everything you said. This show is so boring.
    I do find the characters interesting but the plot is dragging so slow it has caused me to loose complete interest in the show.
    It's really bad when you can stop watching and then pick it up in 2 or 3 weeks and find out that you didn't miss anything.
    I can see it as a great jumping off point for a new BSG first cylon war series, but thats about it.

    What is it with scify producing all these really slow moving shows this past season? Even Stargate Universe is killing the fan base.

    On several website forums for BSG and Stargate, the activity in the forums has all but vanished. Before the shows premiered and during previous shows runs, there were hundreds of post a day. Now its like going to a forgotten forum, no one post and there's no real conversations going on. There dead.

    They really need to go back to the episodic story telling ways of the past, where a story can be told in one episode maybe 2 if need be and screw this continual series long story arch. The idea is great for a miniseries but horrible for a weekly show.

  3. I will watch this show if I cant sleep at night, and man Im asleep in about five minutes.

  4. The parts I find most interesting are the scenes involving Willie and his Uncle Sam. I mean… that little boy will be Admiral Adama so how is his uncle's attention going to influence the Admiral that we all love and respect?

    Joseph Adama doesn't seem like the man that Lee spoke so reverently about in his turn as a lawyer. I just wish this plot would pick up the pace. Right now I have a hard time relating to anyone in this series.

  5. I'm sorry but I still say it's “Hey Brannon, we need another show quick! and make it BSG or something 'wink' “

  6. It has started to bore me more than SGU did, although I will probably keep watching both shows at least until the end of their first seasons.

  7. After seeing the pilot, I had high hopes for Caprica. Then I watched the next 2 episodes. Once my eyes stopped rolling from all the cliche's & I could stop yawning from the boredom, I swore never again. Basically they've swirled the creation of Cylons into a more boring version of Grey's Anatomy (or whatever primetime soap you prefer to loathe). Hell, I'd rather watch reruns of Star Trek: Enterprise than this drivel.

  8. Caprica is an incredibly smart show. Oooh… stuff isn't blowing up every 5 minutes… I'm so bored because I can't be bothered to think. I want to see things go boom. Really? A teenage girl creates a virtual copy of herself which is trapped in the body of her father's robot and gangsters and religious fanatics and cops are scrambling to out maneuver each other… but there isn't enough black and orange smoke. Modern shows take a little time to develop their characters, which is great. I don't think there is much more boring than a fist fight or a chase scene but that's what some people find amusing. I find these to be very compelling and complex characters and I look forward to the next episode. It isn't anything like I expected and yet I have been fascinated by the whole social and moral complexity of this world.

  9. SyFy may be making a tactical error in assuming adults watch their network. I can see that children wouldn't like a show like this. I can presume they would hate, say, Damages for the same reason. After all nothing much happens. it's just people talking. OMG, that's so lame.

  10. The first problem is SYFY's scheduling. They have no lead in or follow up show to Caprica. They rarely have two SYFY original programs on at the same time. Also, the reapeast are so bad you cant tell when there is a new show, and frankly speaking i'm tired of seeing the pilot episode. Also, If this is a prequel of some sorts to Galactica, then why is Caprica's tech so much more advance than anything on Galactica. Computer paper, virtual worlds, etc. non of this (even on the basic level )was on Galactica. On a positvie note, I like how this is not about the Cylon war…just yet.

  11. So going back into the past in my TARDIS, they pulled the same think for “Galactica 1980″ – suddenly after a few episodes, it became 'Battlestar Galactica 1980″. When they start changing names, it's a sure bet that they are in trouble — and when you hear, ut of the blue, SyFy saying they are “committed for the long haul” – that says even MORE danger is ahead for the show! Good luck — I barely got through the pilot. Dont care for this.

  12. “Also, If this is a prequel of some sorts to Galactica, then why is Caprica's tech so much more advance than anything on Galactica. Computer paper, virtual worlds, etc. non of this (even on the basic level )was on Galactica.”

    This was covered in the pilot to BSG. The Galactica was intentionally designed to be “low-tech” because of the way the cylons (during the first battle with them) were able to manifest themselves into any computer systems. So the Galactica was built to require a lot of human interaction with all of it's systems – another reason why it was being changed into a museum (it was one of the only surviving battlestars from the first cylon war)…

  13. The show is boring and deft and you need to process everything that's happening. Also I didn't watch BSG, so maybe although they say this has nothing to dowith that it does.

  14. The show blows, frankly. That, and I can't bring myself to watch a show which is a “prequel” to one of the more ridiculous endings of its future precursor.

    If SyFy wants to boost ratings, do a show called “BSG: The Cylon Wars” which detail the first war between humans and the Cylons. And even better, somehow explain that the future isn't predetermined; IOW, the ending we saw on BSG need not come to pass.

  15. The show is definitely moving too slow – there's such an interesting prequel story to be told but I'm not sure Caprica is it.

    That said, if it were to start journeying away from Caprica and finding more threads to share with BSG, I could see myself becoming more invested.

  16. This show doesn't really have a story to tell. A guys daughter dies and he brings her back as a Cylon? Sounds like a really cheesy sf b movie.

    So when you don't really have a story to tell you switch to characters. In order for that to work you have to have interesting characters and really good actors and good dialogue. This show doesn't have any of that.

    The best they have is Eric Stoltz. There's a reason Stoltz isn't a more successful actor. He has the acting ability but he doesn't have the stage presence. He just isn't very interesting to watch.

  17. I really like Eric Stoltz in this capacity. His character is one I like following the most. I find myself contstantly questioning Daniel's motives… especially since I think he might be the seventh model we never got to see on “Battlestar: Galactica” based on what I remember of Ellen Tigh's speech to the first model.

  18. I'm pretty sure Ron Moore said that Graystone wasn't the Cylon we saw in Razor, that it was just a random fan theory.

    And yeah, Eric Stoltz is pretty great here. I'm a little disappointed that they aren't focusing more on what he actually does in the lab (not too crazy about the marriage getting so much screen time), but I could totally watch him stare at a wall for 45 minutes.

    Enjoying Alessandra Torresani too, especially in the robot incarnation. A pretty great cast, all in all. As much as I like the premise of the show, I don't know if I'd still be watching if it wasn't for them.

  19. Wow, a lot of hate (and stupidity) in the comments – too bad. For those that are still stinging from the BSG finale – its time to get over it.

    I like the show – sure, its not sliced bread, and the pace is a little slow, but its kept my attention as well as anything else on TV right now.

  20. Okay, this may sound weird however I didn't watch the first two episodes but watched the third. It moved really quick and was interesting enough for me to go back to watch the other two. Agreed, those shows were slow. My main reason for watching was to see Esai Morales, who is such an underated actor and has finally resurfaced in a decent role for TV. The show clearly didn't disappoint me so I will be tuning in again.

  21. Okay, this may sound weird however I didn't watch the first two episodes but watched the third. It moved really quick and was interesting enough for me to go back to watch the other two. Agreed those shows were slow. My main reason for watching was to see Esai Morales, who is such an underated actor and has finally resurfaced in a decent role for TV. The show clearly didn't disappoint me so I will be tuning in again.

  22. That's an interesting observation because I feel a distinctly 1930s-vibe going on here, one that is not consonant with BSG. I keep thinking, this does not look like a space-faring civlization at all. While I can understand a desire to keep BSG at bay, when will the battlestars start being constructed?

  23. That's an interesting observation because I feel a distinctly 1930s-vibe going on here, one that is not consonant with BSG. I keep thinking, this does not look like a space-faring civlization at all. While I can understand a desire to keep BSG at bay, when will the battlestars start being constructed?

  24. Boooo! Kaprika, or is it Paprika?! :-)
    This pretense of a sci-fi show needs to be cancelled yesterday.
    Period.

  25. Boooo! Kaprika, or is it Paprika?! :-)
    This pretense of a sci-fi show needs to be cancelled yesterday.
    Period.

  26. Huge fan of BSG, but have had absolutely no desire to watch Caprica, seems like I am not the exception for BSG fans out there. From all the commercials and previews this show just looked boring to me.

  27. Losing viewers because it's too complicated? Too cerebral?

    No. It's just boring. B-O-R-I-N-G. The pacing is off. The storylines are full of cliche moments, and NOTHING IS HAPPENING. We're getting the minutiae of daily life, when there's another huge plot line going on offscreen that we could be following.

    It's very much a soap opera, not a sci-fi show. Battlestar was interesting on two fronts:

    1. It kept the consequences high, and kept the mystery going, and as a result, kept the conflict going. Conlict + big consequences = drama. Conflict + little to no consequences = soap.

    2. Chicks these days dig sci-fi as much as guys (Roughly Gen X and onwards no longer have “nerd stigma”). There's no need to soap it up.

  28. Caprica is waaay too slow and very boring. The scenes drag on with very little worthwhile dialogue. The scenes need to brighten up too, this worked on Battlestar Galactica because they were on a ship, but here it's too bland. I'll admit some of the scenes are breathtaking, but those are few and far between.

  29. Caprica………………there's never a black hole around when you need one. This is a mix of 90210, an informercial and a 1970's soap opera. What part of science fiction these people don't get???

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