The fourth season of Sci Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica will be the show’s last, as the producers have decided to end it.
A press conference was scheduled for later Friday to discuss the plans, but producers Ronald Moore and David Eick already put out a statement confirming the move, saying, “This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end.”
Sci Fi programming chief Mark Stern chimed in, saying the channel respects their decision to wrap up the story “and trust that fans can look forward to a truly amazing final season."
Moore’s and Eick’s statement also said: “Over the course of the past year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end, and we've decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms. And while we know our fans will be saddened to know the end is coming, they should brace themselves for a wild ride getting there -- we're going out with a bang."
Battlestar Galactica has suffered steady audience declines over the years. The second half of the series’ third season -- which ran on Sunday nights from January-March -- averaged 1.9 million viewers. That was down 8% from the 2.1 million viewers it averaged during the first half of the season (January-March 2006), when the show aired during its traditional Friday-night slot.
Both of those numbers were down significantly from the 2.8 million viewers the show drew for its first season in 2005 and the 2.3 million viewers it averaged during the second season. During Battlestar Galactica's sophomore campaign, the network aired original episodes from July-November 2005 and from January-March 2006.