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TrekToday - 'Enterprise' Ratings Drop Continues

'Enterprise' Ratings Drop Continues

By Caillan
November 15, 2002 - 5:50 PM

See Also: 'The Communicator' Episode Guide

Enterprise's ratings have hit another low point, with Wednesday night's 'The Communicator' scoring the show's second-lowest overnight rating ever.

'The Communicator' averaged a 4.5 rating / 7 share, according to data published by Mediaweek. This means that approximately 4.5% of American households with television sets were tuned into Enterprise, while the episode was viewed by 7% of households watching television at the time.

Season two's previous overnight low was the 4.7/7 achieved by 'The Seventh', which was also the season's least-watched Enterprise outing, bringing in 4.82 million viewers. 'Desert Crossing' scored Enterprise's lowest-ever overnight rating, a 4.4/7, in May, although the episode was screened at 9:00 p.m. as part of a double bill.

Enterprise came fifth in the 8-9 p.m. timeslot, beating only the WB's Dawson's Creek, which managed a 4.1/6. NBC's Ed won the hour with a 9.3/13, followed by CBS's 60 Minutes II (8.4/12), ABC's My Wife and Kids and George Lopez (8.7/13 and 7.5/11, respectively) and Fox's comedy double Bernie Mac (6.2/9) and Cedric the Entertainer Presents (5.8/8).

The Twilight Zone once again made it onto Marc Berman's list of the night's ratings losers. The anthology series and Enterprise lead-out show only managed a 3.0/4, coming last in its timeslot.

UPN was once again eclipsed by the WB, coming last for the night with a 3.7/5, just behind the 3.9/6 scored by their principal competitor. NBC won the evening with a 12.6/18, followed by ABC (10.5/15), CBS (6.2/9) and Fox (5.3/8).

Please note that these figures only represent the overnight ratings from the top 47 television markets in the country. The final national ratings, measuring all markets, should be available within a few days. As Star Trek tends to be most popular in large urban markets, the final figures are usually lower than the overnight ratings.

The original article can be found here at Mediaweek.


In yesterday's article on 'The Seventh's' final ratings, it was reported that the episode was the "least-watched first-run Enterprise episode." This is not correct, as three episodes - 'Desert Crossing,' 'Rogue Planet' and 'Fusion' - had lower viewership than 'The Seventh.' The article should have said that 'The Seventh' was the least-watched episode this season. We apologise for the error.

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