Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica has been axed after less than a year on TV screens.

The Syfy network show, starring Eric Stoltz, debuted in January and returned to the small screen this month after a mid-season hiatus.

However, fans will now have to wait until next year  to see the final five episodes of season one - TV bosses have axed the series with immediate effect amid declining viewing figures.

Syfy network spokesman Mark Stern says, "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. Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, Caprica has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season."

The last few episodes will be broadcast in the first quarter of 2011.