4.87 Million Watch 'Enterprise' PremiereBy Christian
September 26, 2002 - 2:40 AM
Enterprise viewership figures have dropped dramatically from last year, but at least the show still seems able to act as launching pad for other science fiction shows.
UPN reported today that Enterprise's 'Shockwave, Part Two' was watched by 4.87 million viewers. This is down quite a bit from the final new episodes of last season, which were generally watched by more than 5 million viewers. Enterprise at least was watched in as many homes as last year, as the season opener received a 3.2 rating / 5 share.
Although Enterprise's ratings may have strongly dropped compared to last year, UPN must have been happy with the performance of Series V's lead-out show, The Twilight Zone. The network reported that show's pilot was watched by 4.59 million people, meaning it retained 94% of Enterprise's viewers. The show was quite popular among all important demographic categories, as the show didn't lose more than 20% of viewers in any given main category.
Unfortunately, UPN's two final genre shows also performed disappointingly with their season debut yesterday. According to MediaWeek's Marc Berman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's seventh-season premiere only managed to get a 3.6/9 overnight rating, down considerably from last year's 6.2/9. The show finished sixth in its timeslot, just like new show Haunted an hour later, which was only good for a 3.1/4. Berman put both shows in the 'Losers' section in his daily column.
Overnight ratings for Enterprise's second episode of the season, 'Carbon Creek,' will be available tomorrow.