'Silverman,' 'Battlestar' extend stays

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Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program" and Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica" will be back for additional seasons.

"Sarah Silverman," which debuted Feb. 1, has been renewed for a second season. The news comes after the show's second episode aired Thursday.

The original series, which airs from 10:30-11 p.m., debuted to good numbers for the network, drawing 1.8 million total viewers. That figure made the show's debut the best for a Comedy Central original since the premiere of the animated series "Drawn Together" (2.2 million viewers) in 2004.

Meanwhile, Sci Fi is expected to announce Tuesday that it's giving the critically acclaimed "Battlestar" a fourth-season pickup. The network has ordered 13 episodes, targeted for a January premiere.

Last month, the series relocated from Fridays to a 10 p.m. slot on Sundays, where it has been averaging 1.7 million total viewers.

While the Jan. 21 midseason debut garnered 1.8 million viewers -- marking the network's best performance at 10 p.m. Sundays since June 2003 ("Terminator 2: Judgment Day") -- the third season's total-viewer average overall is down slightly from the second season.
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