'USA Today' Readers Rally To Save 'Enterprise'

By Michelle
April 26, 2004 - 8:32 PM

"Never underestimate the passion of a Trekkie," said USA Today in its report on the newspaper's "Save Our Shows" poll, in which 70 percent of respondents voted in favor of saving Star Trek: Enterprise.

USA Today's poll wrap-up stated that a coordinated effort among fans led to the sweeping victory, which greatly dominated the runner-up, FOX's Arrested Development, which earned 36.5% of votes by viewers in favor of keeping the series on the air.

Over 43,200 ballots were cast in the survey, down from last year's 57,000, with online votes making up the bulk of the turnout. Writer Gary Levin noted that the low turnout may have resulted from the fact that fans expressed little support for most of the "on the bubble" series; only four shows received more votes to be saved than cancelled.

NBC's Whoopi, starring Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), earned the least viewer enthusiasm, with one-third of respondents voting to dismiss it. UPN's Rock Me Baby fared nearly as badly.

"The survey results rarely determine the fate of the shows," warned USA Today, noting that Nielsen ratings were of greater concern to the networks.

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