First Season Ratings Improvement Since TNG EndBy Christian
June 15, 2000 - 11:21 PM
Greg Nielsen at the Star Trek Nielsen Ratings Information Database has put up his May Sweeps ratings report, looking at this season's final month with new episodes. Though on average Voyager's May ratings weren't nearly as good as the rest of the season's, Greg had some very good news to report for the season in general:
The strength of this May in comparison to last season's May produced another rather positive sign for Voyager and Star Trek: This is the first year since The Next Generation left the airwaves that Star Trek has not seen a year-to-year decline. Season six finished with an average nearly identical to season five, showing that Trek's seven-year downward ratings spiral has probably come to an end.
For the rest the report doesn't contain much positive news for Voyager. This May's sweeps ratings did actually improve by 3% over last year's, but then last season's May ratings turned out to be a major ratings disaster. Compared to the rest of season six, the show didn't perform very well this period, with only 'Life Line' rising above the series average.
More on this can be found in the full report.