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'Caprica' Ends Pretty Much Where Expected

Finale marathon draws well less than 1 million viewers

"Caprica" is a dark series, and for some, it was hard to sit through a single episode each week. But when Syfy decided to air the final five episodes on the same night, it seemed too much for most audiences.

The last five episodes of "Caprica" last week topped out at 782,000 viewers -- the number of people who showed up for the actual series finale -- on a night that pretty much mirrored what Tuesdays were like for the show.

The "Battlestar Galactica" prequel started out with just 528,000 viewers for the first episode of the night, according to ATV Network. It then grew as high as 703,000 for the third episode, before slipping back to 618,000 viewers just before the finale.

All five episodes were part of a partial-season DVD set NBC Universal released just after Christmas, thus anyone really wanting to see the episodes right away had the chance.

Either way, the numbers didn't differ too much from what "Caprica" was averaging since its move from Fridays to make room for wrestling.

Some fans continue efforts to revive the show, but with "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" in the works, that's almost definitely not going to happen.

People are still trying to figure out what happened to the show. Was "Caprica" doomed from the start, since it lacked the space battles and high-adrenaline nature that made its predecessor more popular? Or was the quick move from Fridays to Tuesday to blame?

It's something that will be debated for quite some time. However, Syfy was nice enough to provide a five-minute wrap-up of the series at the end of the final episode, leading into what we'll likely see when the pilot for "Blood & Chrome" finally airs.

Taking place some 60 years before "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" starred Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson, Alessandra Torresani, Polly Walker and Magda Apanowicz.

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