Well, I seem to remember that in the 1998/99 season, for a while there, I enjoyed VGR more than I did DS9. Seventh season, slow start, while VGR was pretty good that year. That changed again, but altogether... DS9's first season also compared unfavorably to TNG's sixth.
However, VGR, not particularly strong to begin with in Season 2, was all but obliterated by DS9's fourth season. It is only now that I move AWAY from comparing the different shows to one another based on what episodes ran against each other. Makes you appreciate the show's merits of its own much more.