'Dead Stop' Ratings: Best This Season

By Caillan
October 17, 2002 - 11:36 AM

See Also: 'Dead Stop' Episode Guide

After a slow start to the season ratings-wise, Enterprise is now enjoying some of its best numbers since February this year.

'Dead Stop' scored a 3.5 rating / 6 share, according to final ratings data published in USA Today (via TrekWeb).This means that approximately 3.5% of American households with television sets were tuned into Enterprise, while the episode was viewed by 6% of households watching television at the time.

Although this was the same final rating as the previous week's 'Minefield' (story), 'Dead Stop' was watched by 5.4 million viewers, 0.2 million more than the Romulan episode. This represents Enterprise's highest viewership this season, and the best since 'Shadows of P'Jem' managed a 3.8/6 at the beginning of February.

Enterprise lead-out show The Twilight Zone achieved a 2.6 rating / 4 share, which represents a viewership of 3.8 million. The anthology series is certainly faring better than Tuesday night player Haunted, which only managed to rake in 2.5 million viewers with a 1.4/2. Its companion series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, fared better with a 3.0 /5, representing a viewership of 4.9 million.

Assessing the returning shows this season, Mediaweek analyst Marc Berman said Enterprise is "not as strong as its Star Trek predecessors, but still a player," while Buffy is "far from dead but not what it used to be." Berman also graded the freshman series based on their ratings performance: Twilight Zone earned a C minus grade, but cancellation could be in the air for Haunted, which scored an F.

Further ratings information from USA Today is available at TrekWeb. Marc Berman's reports can be found here and here at Mediaweek.

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