This just in from the Sci Fi Wire:
SCI FI Channel’s award-winning series Battlestar Galactica will move to a new timeslot starting Jan. 21, 2007: Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, following the premiere of the new original series The Dresden Files at 9 p.m.
Is it me? Or does this seem pretty stupid?
In general, moving a show to different timeslot in the same season is a recipe for disaster, and often a sign of that something isn’t working (and even impending cancellation).
Now I’m sure BSG isn’t at risk of being cancelled, but it seems like SciFi would do better to bolster up their Friday evening programming, and move BSG back to 10pm.
One suggestion… how about re-airing Heroes in the time slot before BSG? Now that would be a Sci-Fi Friday!
UPDATE: Variety explains the motivation behind the move:
Sci Fi exec VP of programming Mark Stern said there are two reasons for moving the series.
“Broadcast and cable networks realized Friday was not such a bad timeslot, so it’s not the easy lay-up it once was,” he said.
In addition, he added, Sundays have bigger HUT levels and will be less competitive come January when football leaves the sked.
Frosh one-hour “Eureka” showed that “we can launch a show successfully on a new night beyond Friday,” Stern said. “Sunday is the home for premiere programming and for us, that’s ‘Battlestar.’ ”
Sci Fi Channel also will debut its detective drama “The Dresden Files” Jan. 21 at 9, where it will lead into “Battlestar.” Stern said the cabler is hoping that “Dresden” will bring in a new and broader audience to the latter.
BTW, HUT levels = households using television. My final thoughts: it’s a risky move, but let’s hope SCI FI rolls a “hard six”.