Makes you curious about Swamp Loggers, doesn’t it.

Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica is on a continuous downward spiral as far as the ratings are concerned, and we’re sure fans are concerned that if the numbers don’t improve, cancellation may not be far behind.

The numbers are so bad, points out TV By the Numbers, that its 1.128 million viewers for its third episode was out-rated by Discovery’s Swamp Loggers, which reeled in nearly 1.5 mil and a .7 rating in the all-important 18-49 demo. Caprica airs at 9pm, while Swamp Loggers airs at 10.

Caprica‘s second episode last week drew in 1.4 million viewers, down 200,000 from its pilot’s 1.6 mil. Judging from the trend, therefore, the numbers for the SyFy show should go well below the one-million mark soon.

Several things have been blamed for the generic non-interest on Caprica. These include not exploiting the BSG connection, not having a good lead-in, the prequel disease, its Friday 9pm timeslot, and the inclusion of sensitive topics such as Big Love-style group marriage, human sacrifice, wanton cyber orgies, gay marriage, and even terrorism.

Still, others point to the fact that Caprica is unapologetically a soap opera first, a sci-fi show second, in what SyFy execs explained before as a sort of branching out for the network in terms of reaching a wider audience.

It certainly seemed that way. On the last episode for instance, there was a scene right after Amanda’s (Paula Malcomson) vapid explanation of why she blurted out what she did – “I was in shock” – when Cylon Zoe (Alessandra Torresani) unintentionally eavesdropped on her conversation with Daniel (Eric Stoltz) when Caprica did seem and feel like a soap, although of course, infinitely more thought-provoking.

Elsewhere on the last episode, the rift between Daniel and Joseph (Esai Morales) started to become more pronounced, after the former’s attempt to bring back Joseph’s daughter Tarama’s avatar didn’t work. We also got to see Sister Clarice (Polly Walker) talking to some mysterious voice in the holoband world plus Sam (Sasha Roiz) making sweet banter with his husband. Don’t we love how nonchalant this show deals with gay marriage?

Source: TV By the Numbers
(Image courtesy of SyFy)

Glenn Diaz

Staff Writer, BuddyTV