'Enterprise' Ratings Uneven In AprilBy Michelle
May 5, 2003 - 7:35 PM
The complete ratings for Enterprise for the month of April show inconsistent viewership, with a drop-off in the numbers of viewers since February sweeps yet relatively constant rankings.
According to The Futon Critic, "The Crossing", which was the highest-rated episode of the period, earned a 2.6 total rating/4 share. This means that approximately 2.6% of American households with television sets were tuned to Enterprise, and that the episode was seen by 6% of households watching television at the time.
Yet "The Crossing" received the lowest total ratings for any new episode in 2003, and the decline was more marked the next week, when "Judgment" managed only a 2.5/4 national rating. This puts it on par with "Vanishing Point", the episode that aired the night before Thanksgiving, traditionally a low-rated period.
"Horizon" received the lowest rating and share of any new Enterprise episode with a rating of 2.2. Yet it ranked as the 94th most watched program in the US that week -- the same ranking as "The Crossing" received, and two places higher than "Judgment" which finished in 96th place.
Viewer numbers rebounded slightly for "The Breach", which received total ratings of 2.3/4. Yet the show was ranked only 103rd, the first time in 2003 that a new episode dropped out of the top 100, and Futon Critic estimated that only 3.2 million people watched it, as opposed to 3.4 million viewers for "Horizon".
So Enterprise had an uneven month heading into May sweeps, of which "Cogenitor" will be considered the first episode because it aired in the week that encompassed May 1.
The complete ratings and rankings may be found here.