'Enterprise' Starts 2004 With Low Metered Ratings

By Michelle
January 15, 2004 - 6:56 PM

See Also: 'Chosen Realm' Episode Guide

Star Trek: Enterprise's first new episode of 2004 brought in one of its lowest scores of the season in the overnight ratings.

According to Mediaweek.com's Programming Insider, "Chosen Realm" earned a 3.5 total rating/5 share. This means that approximately 3.5% of American households with television sets were tuned to UPN for the hour, while "Chosen Realm" was viewed by 5% of households watching television at the time.

"ThisClose to the Loser's List," remarked MediaWeek Programming Insider Marc Berman of the series, noting that fifth-place Smallville, which earned a 5.1/8 in the 8 p.m. time slot, finished 46 percent above sixth-and-last-place Enterprise.

These ratings are particularly unfortunate because other low-rated episodes of Enterprise this season were up against tough competition from baseball and from the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.

"Exile", which aired during the baseball playoffs, earned a 3.6/5 in October, while "Carpenter Street", the lowest-rated episode of the season, earned a 2.9/4 on the evening before Thanksgiving.

But a rerun of "Cold Case" won the 8 p.m. hour last night for CBS. Preemptions for sports in major cities that lowered the overnight ratings may alter the final ratings.

Berman's analysis and the numbers may be found at Mediaweek.com.

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