'Observer Effect' Has Fewest Viewers Ever

By Michelle
January 26, 2005 - 10:15 PM

See Also: 'Observer Effect' Episode Guide

Final ratings for last Friday night's episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, "Observer Effect", reflect the lowest viewership ever received by a new episode of the series.

Reporting from industry information, Cyrus at the TrekBBS stated that "Observer Effect" brought in only 2.76 million viewers. 3.03 million viewers watched "Daedalus" the week before.

The fast national numbers for "Observer Effect" were reportedly a 1.6 rating/3 share, meaning that 1.6% of American households with televisions were estimated to have tuned in to Enterprise representing 3% of homes watching television during the 8 p.m. hour. The previous week, "Daedalus earned a 1.9/3 fast national rating. Despite the declining ratings, Enterprise was still the fourth most-watched show among the 12 series on UPN, behind WWE: Smackdown! and a pair of comedies.

According to The Futon Critic, the Battlestar Galactica revival series attracted 2.9 million viewers - slightly more than Enterprise, though Galactica airs on the Sci-Fi Channel, which is available in fewer homes than UPN. This week, the two series were not in direct competition, since Galactica has moved to 10 p.m.; Enterprise's direct competitor, Stargate SG-1, brought in 2.5 million viewers.

Cyrus' report on the total ratings for Enterprise is here, while the Futon Critic numbers for Sci-Fi are here.

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