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‘Galactica’ extends orbit

Skein averages 3 mil viewers

After just five episodes have aired, Sci Fi Channel has renewed frosh drama “Battlestar Galactica” for a second season.

Cabler has already locked up the entire cast for the next cycle; air date is still to be determined.

Skein has averaged more than 3 million total viewers in its Friday at 10 p.m. timeslot. “Battlestar” has also ranked No. 1 among cable shows in adults 25-54 and men 25-54 for every week the show has been on the air.

“We all really felt there was something special about this show, that the creators delivered on their promise to take a new approach to space opera. But we honestly weren’t sure if the show was going to be embraced,” said exec VP of programming Mark Stern. “The show is dark and gritty and sexy and, first and foremost, a character drama. Yes, there is a lot of action, but it certainly wasn’t the typical space opera our viewers expected. Thankfully, they get it and they keep showing up in big numbers.”

Execs haven’t determined the exact number of episodes they will order, but Stern says he’ll greenlight a minimum of 13.

Most recent seg wrangled a series-best 3.2 million viewers.

R&D TV produces “Battlestar” in association with NBC Universal Television. Ronald D. Moore and David Eick exec produce.

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