Caprica: Unimpressive Debut Ratings; Cancel or Keep It?

CapricaA prequel to the successful Battlestar Galactica series, Caprica has officially debuted on Syfy. Will it engender the same love and respect that BSG did or will viewers be happy to see it go?

While BSG revolves around Colony survivors trying to find the promised land, Caprica takes place years earlier, with humans enjoying the fruits of technology — and creating of the Cylons. The series stars Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson, Polly Walker, Alessandra Torresani, Magda Apanowicz, and Sasha Roiz.

Caprica got off to a slow start on Syfy with an audience of 1.6 million viewers for the two-hour premiere. That’s well below some of the network’s other sci-fi premieres and average audiences.

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It surely didn’t help that the first half of the debut aired against the Hope for Haiti Now telethon that attracted over 80 million viewers on other stations. The premiere has also been available for sometime via other means; including a year-ago DVD release and various online outlets. Syfy estimates that some two million people have seen the pilot through iTunes and online streaming alone.

Syfy has ordered 19 more episodes for this freshman season so the next several weeks will really tell if fans are interested in the pre-BSG universe or not. The series has certainly gotten enough positive reviews from the critics.

What do you think? Is the Caprica worth revisiting week after week? As enjoyable as BSG? Cancel or keep it?

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  1. Robert Hatalla says

    I have go admit I was a bit slow to start what with the Haiti thing that was happening and all but I have faithfully watched every episode and I keep waiting for further episodes. The show rocks. Too bad that tv companies don’t give enough time to create a following. Remember what almost happened with Sinfield. Low ratings, almost cancelled a few seasons but then it found its followers and was the lead show hat was talked about at the water cooler.

    I really hope Caprica does not go away. I love it as does my si-fi club.

  2. indygirl says

    i’m with alot of others on this series. it’s sucked me in -but so far i don’t see any continuity with the bsg storyline or timeframe. seems like it should have started with how the cylons got from the 13th colony to the other 12. just haven’t been able to make the connection yet-but i’m more than willing to give the writers another season or two to develop it. i like the main characters and actors although where it left off is way too “matrix”-like. the use of the word “frak” doesn’t bother me in the least. i’m game for another season-definately.

  3. bjorn says

    lol reading everyones comments. i dunno really. the drama is kinda getting under my skin. now the V world matrix rip off thats just to damn weird. amandra graystones plot line is completly stupid. dunno why anyone would go public and say their kid is a terrorist. i feel they wanted to build her up some how. i watch cuz that zoe girl is kinda hot but besides that i’m hoping they introduce how the war started??? and fast… as compared to bsg… its no where near that…

  4. dutch says

    caprica sucks.

    you might as well give it the show tune of The Bold and the Beautiful .

    what a turt of a serie .

  5. CAS says

    Oddly enough, on “Farscape” they made up words too — but somehow they worked more smoothly. “Firefly” too. Maybe because “frak” is so close to the word it’s clearly replacing? Then again, I always figured it was a corruption of “frag,” which is real military slang — and since the BG show I didn’t watch was mostly military characters it seemed to make sense. But now… it’s not exactly going to determine whether I watch the show. I actually think this show’s way better than BG was, and it’s sucked me in w/some interesting characters and decent writing, not to mention beautiful art direction. I’m almost to the point where I don’t even notice the “f” word…

    • Demented says

      An evolution of ‘Frag’ makes a bit of sense.
      I did like certain aspects of the show. Unfortunately ‘Frack’ was Too distracting for me and I quit watching after about episode 4.

  6. Demented says

    Get Rid Of It!
    Somebody PLEASE tell me the fascination with the word ‘Frack’.
    Is it suppose to be funny? I don’t think so because they use it in dramatic situations.
    It’s obviously a fictitious word to replace the F word but why?
    Do people think it’s cool?
    My friends and I made up words like that… IN GRADE SCHOOL!
    So, Please, someone tell me why do people like it?
    Does it make you feel like you and the network are getting away with something?
    I’m not trying to make fun of anyone here. I really want to know.

  7. says

    caprica is a great show the only problem i have with it is all the stuff about amanda greystone its such a bore watchin her wollow all the time it dont seem to have much relevence to the main story line, but apart from that its a thumbs up from me please pave the way for season 2!

  8. john says

    How can anyone think this show is good? From the horrible acting to the low-quality CGI, I have no idea how this show received approval for funding. Even the terrible opening credits sequence is as if it’s from a late 90’s sci-fi B-level show / made on some college kid’s home computer. There definitely isn’t the same drama or intelligence that were present in BSG, unless folks consider a chubby pale girl pretending to mime act like a Cylon to be dramatic. Frankly, I’d rather watch more SG-1 reruns than Caprica, and that’s saying a lot.

  9. Chance says

    Okay, final straw. I was tolerating Caprica, (barely) but they pushed me over the edge. I tried to ignore the use of frak, in it’s various forms. But the last episode had to use “mother fraker”. Then to add insult to injury, they used the extremely lame ploy of advertising what they were going to show after the next ad break. I’ve decided that I don’t really care if the show ever develops a plot or not. I’ve seen enough. It had real potential, but their continued dropping of the F-bomb, along with too many scattered story lines, and the poor writing, has driven me away. At this point I actually hope they cancel the show, so they can put a better show in it’s place. Yawnnnnnn…

  10. says

    Best new TV series this year. Hell, best show on TV without a doubt. Well written and well acted. Thank you SyFy for a must see show. Looking forward to this ride for years to come. Cylons are HOT!

  11. starchubs says

    caprica has been non compelling for me so far.

    if i wanted to hear teenage girls complain i would sit on public transport.
    it has this ‘matrix / world of warcraft’ that ***** me.

    and the hooker from deadwood has the raw end script wise, ok performance, but ludicras dialouge. or perhaps its the other way around. either way, it ***** me.

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