'The Expanse' Reflects Contracting RatingsBy Michelle
May 30, 2003 - 8:42 PM
See Also: 'The Expanse' Episode Guide
The final ratings for "The Expanse" and the rest of Enterprise's May sweeps episodes show that the decline in viewership which began earlier this year continued through the end of the season.
According to The Futon Critic, "The Expanse" brought in final numbers of 2.8 rating/4 share. This means that 2.8% of American households with television sets watched Enterprise, and 4% of households that had the television on during Enterprise's broadcast watched "The Expanse".
The 2.8 rating is the highest achieved by the series during May sweeps, compared to the 2.7/4 earned by both "Cogenitor" and "Regeneration", the 2.4/4 earned by "First Flight" and the 2.3/4 earned by "Bounty". Yet the total number of viewers for "The Expanse" was below those for "Cogenitor" and "Regeneration", estimated by The Futon Critic to be 4.1 million viewers each. The Futon Critic estimated total viewers for "The Expanse" to be 3.9 million viewers.
These numbers are down significantly from the 4.8 million viewers who watched "Cease Fire" during February sweeps. The final episode of last season, "Shockwave," brought in 5.3 million viewers — over 25% more than "The Expanse".
Meanwhile, Zap2It reported that Enterprise was only the fourth-highest rated series on UPN. WWE Smackdown! continues to lead with an average 5.47 rating, followed by One on One, Girlfriends and Enterprise with similar ratings averages of 4.1. (The Futon Critic estimates Enterprise's average rating for the season at a slightly lower 3.92.)
In the rankings, Enterprise averaged a 152 ranking. UPN's highest-ranked show, WWE Smackdown!, averaged a ranking of 132. UPN also had the last-place show in the rankings, the short-lived Abby, which finished at number 181.