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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

Battlestar Galactica The major event in March is the conclusion of Battlestar Galactica. I was a little disappointed by season 4a, but season 4b has had some memorable moments, especially the mutiny. Heroes has interesting characters, just too many of them. I like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere and will almost certainly be cancelled. Joss Whedon's Dollhouse is good, but Fox is reportedly yanking Whedon's chain, moving the series where it will almost certainly fail and airing episodes out of order. Smallville and Supernatural have been renewed for another season.

The Academy Awards had 36 million viewers. The science fiction with the largest number of viewers (in any medium) is Fringe, with about 12 million viewers, followed by Lost, with about 11 million. Heroes is doing fair to middling, with almost 8 million viewers. Sarah Connor and Dollhouse, back to back, drew about 4 million viewers. Battlestar Galactica ratings are up to almost 3 million viewers, which is considered great for cable. Smallville and Supernatural draw about 2 million viewers, and clearly that is good enough for the CW. They are the top shows on that network.

SF on TV in March 2009

Heroes Monday, March 2
Heroes "Exposed"

Wednesday, March 4
Lost "LaFleur" by Kyle Pennington and Elizabeth Sarnoff

Friday, March 6
Terminator, The Sarah Connor Chronicles "Ourselves Alone" by Toni Graphia and Daniel T. Thompsen
Dollhouse "Gray Hour" by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain
Battlestar Galactica "Islanded in a Stream of Stars" by Michael Taylor

Supernatural Saturday, March 7
Legend of the Seeker "Hartland"

Monday, March 9
Heroes "Shades of Gray" by Oliver Grigsby

Thursday, March 12
Smallville "Infamous" by Caroline Dryes
Supernatural "Death Take a Holiday" by Jeremy Carver

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Friday, March 13
Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles "Today is the Day"
Dollhouse "True Believer" by Tim Minear
Battlestar Galactica "Daybreak I"

Saturday, March 14
Legend of the Seeker "Conversion"

Wednesday, March 18
Lost "Namaste"

Thursday, March 19
Smallville "Turbulence" by Al Septien and Turi Meyer
Supernatural "On the Head of a Pin"

Dollhouse Friday, March 20
Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles "The Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter" by Ian Goldberg and John Wirth
Dollhouse "Man on the Street" by Joss Whedon
Battlestar Galactica "Daybreak II"
Battlestar Galactica "Daybreak III" Series Finale

Saturday, March 21
Legend of the Seeker "Bloodline"

Monday, March 23
Heroes "Cold Snap"

Wednesday, March 25
Lost "He's Our You"

Smallville Thursday, March 26
Smallville "Hex" by Bryan Q. Miller

Friday, March 27
Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles "To The Lighthouse"
Dollhouse "Echoes" by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain

Monday, March 30
Heroes "Face the Stranger", Season Finale

Next month Caprica, the prequel to Battlestar Galactica, comes to DVD before it is shown on television. A Battlestar Galactica telemovie, The Plan, retelling events from the point of view of the Cylons, has been announced. Farscape is back as a comic book. And J. Michael Straczinski's success in writing for the big screen has revived interest in a Babylon 5 movie. In American science fiction, there are no last acts.

Copyright © 2009 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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