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'Voyager' Season Six Ratings Report

By Christian
July 19, 2000 - 12:02 AM

Greg Fuller at the Star Trek Nielsen Ratings Information Database has posted his 'Voyager' Year-End ratings report, containing a description of this year's ratings performance by the show, and a comparison with previous seasons. Here's a snippet:

Overall, this year saw an intra-season pattern very similar to the last couple years, but somewhat less severe. Again, the season started stronger than it finished, turning in its best sweeps ratings in November, dropping some through February and March, and closing the season with an extremely weak May. Unlike last season and the fourth season before it, however, this year's in-season decline can be measured by a few tenths of a ratings point, not the huge double-digit percentage drops seen in the fifth and especially in the fourth season. If the beginning of the seventh season follows the pattern set by the last few years, the first few months will show a substantial ratings increase over the level Voyager was performing at by the end of this May. With the less pronounced drop throughout the season, Voyager was able to remain almost completely flat from last season's average, stopping the ratings decline that has plagued the show since it premiered. Also, despite the general weakness of May's ratings, they were strong enough to secure Voyager's first ever year-to-year sweeps increase.

As was mentioned in last year's season report, one strong reason for the large spring ratings declines is the increasing amount of preemptions. When Voyager is shown outside of its usual 9pm ET timeslot on UPN, that airing of the show is not calculated into the AA rating that I report on this website.

In the full report, Greg also writes about UPN's strong improvement this year, and the fact that 'Voyager' was able to consistently beat first 'Roswell' and then 'Felicity', Voyager's competitors on the WB. In addition, there's also a number-by-number comparison of Season 5 and Season 6 ratings.

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