It’s official! The SCI FI channel announced that it has renewed ‘Battlestar Galactica’ for a fourth season. The network has committed to a minimum of 13 episodes. That’s the good news. The slightly not-so-great news is that fans of the show will probably have to wait until January 2008 for the next season to premiere.

Since the move to Sunday nights, ratings have improved by 8%. 2.5 million viewers tuned in to the January 28th episode, titled “Taking a Break From All Your Worries.” As ratings had begun to slip since the season 2 premiere, the increase is a very good thing for the show and is likely to have helped to ensure the show would be renewed for a fourth season.

SCI FI's executive vice president of programming, Mark Stern said in a statement, We're thrilled to bring ‘Battlestar’ back for another season. This series has delivered on every level, from the writing to the acting to the production values. SCI FI is proud to be the home of the best show on television.”

For those of you who haven’t boarded the ‘Battlestar’ bandwagon, the show is about a fleet of humans who are struggling for survival after a race of humanoid robots (the Cylons) wiped out most of the human population. The popularity of the show is in many ways due to the fact that while it definitely appeals to sci-fi fanatics, those of us who wont be found camped out outside a Star Wars convention dressed as a storm-trooper can also find enjoyment in ‘Battlestar Galactica.’

The network hopes to begin production on the fourth season this summer.

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