'Respectable' Overnights For 'Carbon Creek'By Lisa
September 27, 2002 - 6:15 PM
See Also: 'Carbon Creek' Episode Guide
This week's brand new Enterprise adventure helped UPN to the fifth spot in the overnight ratings for Wednesday night.
'Carbon Creek' scored a 4.8 rating and a share of 7 according to MediaWeek. This means that roughly 4.8% of households with a TV set in the US were watching Enterprise on Wednesday - with 7% of households watching TV at the time were watching the show.
Highest rated show at 8 p.m on Wednesday was the season premiere of ABC's My Wife and Kids which rated 10.0/15. It beat competition from second placed Ed on NBC and 60 minutes on CBS with 8.1/12 each. Bernie Mac and Cedric the Entertainer Presents on Fox took the fourth placed spot, with 6.5/10. Enterprise beat a showing of the movie 'Blade' on the WB to fifth place, which scored 2.8/4. Next week however, will see the season premiere of Dawson's Creek for the WB.
Though Enterprise's rating is a tenth of a percentage point down on last week's overnight (story), MediaWeek columnist Marc Berman described the show's performance as 'respectable.' Last year, overnight ratings were down 10% between 'Broken Bow' and second episode 'Fight or Flight' (story).
Things didn't go quite so well for Enterprise lead-out show The Twilight Zone. The update of the 60's classic scored a 3.6 rating and a share of 6 - 22% down on its premiere show last week. While the first episode was able to hold on to around 94% of the viewers watching Enterprise, only 75% of those watching the Star Trek show stayed watching for Twilight Zone this week.
Overall for the Wednesday night, UPN was placed fifth with a 4.2 rating and a share of 6. Topping the table was NBC with 12.1/18, followed by ABC with 7.5/11, then CBS in third with 7.4/11 and the FOX Network in fourth with 6.0/9. The WB rounded out Wednesday's figures in the sixth-placed spot, with 3.1/5.
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.
For more information and analysis, follow this link to MediaWeek.