Syfy Dumps “Caprica”, Launches “Chrome”

Syfy has officially cancelled their “Battlestar Galactica” spin-off prequel “Caprica” after less than one season reports Entertainment Weekly.

Reviews were decent for the series, which looked into the first developments of Cylon technology, but ratings were dismal with only around 1.1-1.3 million viewers tuning in for the first nine episodes early this year. The second half began airing earlier this month to even worse numbers with just 710,000 tuning into last week’s episode.

Syfy says the remaining five first run episodes have been pulled from the schedule and will be burned off sometime in the first quarter of 2011 to conclude the run of the series.

The news comes a week after another prequel series, “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome”, was announced. That more action-oriented show, set during the First Cylon War and following a 20-something William Adama as he is first assigned to the Galactica, has not been affected by this announcement.