'Sickbay' Keeps Overnights HealthyBy Caillan
October 18, 2002 - 9:05 AM
See Also: 'A Night In Sickbay' Episode Guide
'A Night In Sickbay' continued Enterprise's recent strong ratings trend on Wednesday night.
The episode averaged a 5.1 rating / 8 share, according to figures released by Mediaweek. This means that approximately 5.1% of American households with television sets were tuned into Enterprise, while the episode was viewed by 8% of households watching television at the time.
These figures are identical to the overnights scored by 'Minefield' two weeks ago; that episode went on to achieve a 3.5/6 final rating. Last week's 'Dead Stop' managed slightly higher overnights (5.4/8), but still came out with a 3.5/6 in the end. The performance of these last three episodes has reversed the trend which saw Enterprise unable to break the 5.0 barrier since 'Oasis' also scored a 5.1/8 in April.
Enterprise came fourth in the 8-9 p.m. timeslot, beating Fox's repeats of Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer Presents (4.6/7) and Dawson's Creek (3.9/6) on the WB. ABC won the hour with My Wife and Kids (9.3/14) and George Lopez (7.9/12), followed by Ed on NBC with a 7.9/12 and CBS's 60 Minutes II with a 7.5/12.
Media analyst Marc Berman included Series V's lead-out show The Twilight Zone amongst last night's losers, with the series gaining a 3.2 rating / 5 share and coming last in its timeslot.
UPN came fifth overall for the night with a 4.2/6, just ahead of Fox's 4.1/6. NBC took top honours with a 12.3/18, followed by ABC (7.5/11), CBS (6.2/9) and the WB (4.3/6).
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.