What the Frak! Caprica has been canceled.
Syfy announced Wednesday that the remaining episodes of the Battlestar Galactica prequel are being removed from the schedule next week. The final five episodes of the second season will be rescheduled to air in early 2011.
Set before the first Cylon wars — and 58 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica — Caprica follows Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) and Daniel Graystone (Eric Stolz) through the creation of the robotic Cylons, who would later rebel against their masters for their enslavement.
"We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for Caprica and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series," said Mark Stern, the Syfy executive in charge of original programming. "Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season."
The cable series pulled in 889,000 viewers in its Season 2 premiere and has been declining since. Last week picked up only 718,000 viewers.
The cancellation comes less than a week after Syfy announced the development of another Battlestar Galactica prequel. Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome will follow a young William Adama fresh out of the academy — and in the 10th year of the first Cylon war.
Network reps declined to comment on whether the producers had enough notice to give the series an ending.