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ENT "Breaches" Viewership Decline as Overnight Ratings Bounce Back


Posted: 11:25:48 on April 24 2003
By: Steve Krutzler
Dept: Enterprise | stenterprise.com
For the first time in weeks, a brand new episode of ENTERPRISE improved on its immediate predecessor's overnight rating. "The Crossing," "Judgment" and "Horizon" all suffered overnight declines, reaching as low as 3.5/5 last week for "Horizon," the lowest fast national figure for the series in 2003 and above only the overnight for November's "Vanishing Point" (story).

Last night's first-run presentation of "The Breach" reclaimed losses suffered last week with a 3.8/6, according to Zap2it (MediaWeek's 'Programming Insider' is on hiatus this week). "Breach" returns the struggling prequel series to the mark set by "Judgment" on April 9th. Last night's recovery suggests that an inordinate number of preemptions and the approaching Easter holiday, which affected viewership across the board last week, may have contributed to ENTERPRISE's dip.

Today's numbers are a welcome respite from the full point below 2003's peak of 4.5/7 ("Cease Fire") that "Horizon" experienced seven days ago. "Breach" remains low for the series overall, however, below all but three episodes in the fast national rankings.

Director Robert Duncan McNeill's "Breach" defeated his own competing episode of DAWSON'S CREEK in the same timeslot, giving UPN the fifth place at 8p behind a #1 Fox, #2 CBS, #3 NBC and #4 ABC. UPN and WB tied overall for the night with an average of 3.1/5, behind NBC in the top spot, Fox, CBS and ABC.

For the complete Zap2it report, visit this page.

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Season Two (2002-2003)
Prod #Title Airdate
128 Shockwave, Part II 9/18/02
127 Carbon Creek9/25/02
129 Minefield10/02/02
131 Dead Stop10/09/02
130 A Night In Sickbay10/16/02
132 Marauders10/30/02
133 The Seventh11/06/02
134 The Communicator11/13/02
135 Singularity11/20/02
136 Vanishing Point11/27/02
137 Precious Cargo12/11/02
138 The Catwalk12/18/02
139 Dawn1/08/03
140 Stigma2/05/03
141 Cease Fire2/12/03
142 Future Tense2/19/03
143 Canamar2/26/03
144 The Crossing4/2/03
145 Judgment4/9/03
146 Horizon4/16/03
147 The Breach4/23/03
148 Cogenitor4/30/03
149 Regeneration5/7/03
150 First Flight5/14/03
151 Bounty5/14/03
152 The Expanse5/21/03
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I sincerely...
By Grand Admiral Thrawn ( ) at 03:33:01 on April 25 2003
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..hope its more than a fluke. Enterprise needs all the help it can get


"Lets make sure that history never forgets the name, Enterprise"- Captain Jean-luc Picard

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  • Co-janitor by Grand Admiral Thrawn @ 04:08:51 ET on 25 Apr
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By buu ( ) at 02:09:56 on April 25 2003
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I used to be a member of a site where you could download full Star Trek episodes. Is this the site you are talking about, because if it is then I am posting the name of it here and strike a blow to the people who don't watch tv and just download. This way people can watch it on tv and not hurt the ratings and the show. I don't work for Paramount. The post and the downoading of Trek on the internet is hurting Trek. The name of the site is ST4U2W and it is on a german server, last time I was on about 2 years ago.

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Downloading Ent on the Internet . . . should I feel guilty?
By Locutus ( ) at 20:42:43 on April 24 2003
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I wonder how much overnight ratings for Trek are skewed by the fact that Enterprise is so easily downloadable on the internet. I for one do not have a television and get all my episodes off the net. Star Trek is probably the most downloaded television series on the internet and Trekkies are probably more inclined to do so, since many of them are also computer nerds [maybe that's an unfair stereotype].

It seems to me that a statistically significant proportion of Trekkies probably do the same thing as me.

Should I feel guilty???

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By TNG Fan ( ) at 12:45:41 on April 24 2003
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How do they find out how many viewers tuned in to watch Enterprise?

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Very much needed!
By BWilliams ( bill@trekweb.com) at 11:27:43 on April 24 2003
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An upswing in the ratings is definitely what Enterprise needs, especially when it's a good quality episode from start to finish. Kudos to Robert Duncan McNeill for directing a great episode! :)

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