The Real Reason for Caprica’s Cancellation

RedEyeRogue has done it again and scooped everyone else! Although the SyFy Channel in it’s glorious wisdom has decided NOT to air the final five episodes of Caprica (as if cancelling the popular show is not insulting enough) we got our hands on what would have been the next episode! So sit back, relax and watch in awe and wonder!

Well, we gotta admit, after watching that, there was something awfully familiar about all those tropes and references. Ron, Ron, Ron. No wonder you got yourself cancelled. Shame on you for mining every science fiction show and movie to come before!

In all actuality that was a cute little video done for G4 networks “Attack of The Show” (in case you haven’t already guessed) and the real reason for Caprica’s demise is…well… one can only speculate, because it is certainly NOT for the official reasons that the p.r. hacks at the network are giving.

The Caprica Times has an excellent article detailing the abuses the network has heaped on the show – I’ll just let you read it there if you’re so inclined, because frankly all those facts and figures make our brains go kerplunk here at the RedEyeRogue press room.

Here’s a few tidbits from the article;

  • Caprica averaged 1.084 million viewers before cancellation in it’s first season. Shows with lower ratings in their first season that were renewed: Mad Men.9 million. Spartacus: Blood & Sand.98 million. Syfy’s own Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files1.037 million at half season.
  • Syfy’s Press Release calls Season 1.0 successful in the second paragraph.
  • Caprica has 104,800 facebook fans. This is 60% of Syfy’s 175,500 fans. The Nielson numbers used to determine ratings in 2011 will measure viewing habits of 37,000 of 115,900,000 households. That equates to .0319% of total viewers – leaving 99.9681% of viewers with no influence on ratings. Many of those who watch don’t count.

RedEyeRogue can only draw one  conclusion; someone at the network, very high up in the programing department, simply did not like the show and wanted it killed. Don’t forget that networks are run by people (hard to believe, but yes, they are people) with their own likes and dislikes, and it’s fair to say that some of these decision makers have their own biases against, and for, certain shows.  Say what you will about Bonnie Hammer, but had it not been for her support, there never would have been a second season of Galactica.  Certain shows in the past – such as Joss Whedon’s excellent Firefly, and Scott Gimple’s killer Saturday morning cartoon “Fillmore” were in fact the victims of personal vendetta’s by studio execs carried out upon show-runners.

No, I can’t back up the claim that Caprica was a victim of this sort of practice, but when you examine the facts it certainly does reek of unfair bias.

By Your command…