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Old June 25 2009, 05:17 AM   #157
Hober Mallow
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Re: Star Trek TNG Remastered?

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Wow @ Anyone claiming B5 was more popular than DS9.
Actually, it was. Was also more respected in SciFi circles, which is one reason why Harlan Ellison was a consultant on every episode.

B5's popularity is the sole reason you got the Dominion War in DS9. Berman wanted to turn DS9 into a serial with a big war to copy B5's five-year Shadow War story arc.
Dude, I'm going to commit sacrilege and admit that I much prefer Babylon 5 to DS9 (collective gasp!), but B5 was never during any season more popular than DS9. It wasn't even close. DS9 was right up there in the ratings in the top five syndicated series or just below for most of its run. B5 never cracked the top ten any time that I paid attention to its rating. And trust me, I did pay attantion. It doesn't mean it wasn't a great show, but the numbers didn't even come close to DS9. Ever.

Of course, B5 had to make it on its own without the built-in audience a Star Trek name being attached to it would get.

EDIT:

Just did a quick google for B5 ratings, and found this listing of top action shows, posted January 1997:

Show HH A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
Star Trek: DS9 6.5 4.2 4.9 5.1
Hercules 6.2 3.8 4.0 4.1
Xena 6.1 3.7 3.8 3.9
Baywatch 4.5 2.3 2.3 2.4
Outer Limits 3.9 2.3 2.6 2.7
Babylon 5 3.7 2.4 2.8 2.8
Highlander 3.1 2.0 2.2 2.3
Sinbad 3.1 1.7 1.8 1.7
F/X: The Series 3.0 1.4 1.7 1.8
Baywatch Nights 2.8 1.5 1.5 1.6
Here are the SF ratings for the 1996/1997 TV season:
OVERALL 96-97 SEASON (9/16 to 5/21)
Prime-Time
Rank Net/Viewers/LastYr
1 (highest listing) 30.8 million viewers
12 The X-Files FOX/18.3 /15.5
74 Pretender NBC/10.9 /
76 Profiler NBC/10.8 /
85 Millenium FOX/10.3 /
94 Lois & Clark ABC/ 9.7 /17.0
110 Sliders FOX/ 8.5 / 8.7
112 Dark Skies NBC/ 8.4 /
125 Voyager UPN/ 6.2 / 7.3
144 Buffy,Vampire Slayer WB/ 3.7 /
148 The Burning Zone UPN/ 3.2 /
155 (lowest listing) 2.4


Syndicated (Gross Average Audience & Women/Men 25-54)
Rank Net/Rating/LastYr /Women/%Change /Men/%Change
-- Xena MCA/ 6.5 /5.5 / 4.0 / +18% /4.0/ +14%
-- Hercules MCA/ 6.1 /6.2 / 3.8 / 0% /3.8/ - 5%
-- Deep Space Nine Par/ 5.9 /6.7 / 4.1 / - 7% /4.8/ -11%
-- Outer Limits MGM/ 3.5 /4.2 / 2.5 / -14% /2.5/ + 9%
-- Babylon 5 PTN/ 3.2 /3.0 / 2.2 / +16% /2.7/ + 8%
-- Highlander Rys/ 3.0 /3.3 / 2.1 / - 5% /2.1/ - 5%
-- Psi Factor Eye/
-- Viper Par/
-- F/X: The Series Rys/
-- Sinbad Eye/
EDIT2: Checked two random 1996 episodes' rankings. One came in 22nd place for the week, the other 25th place for the week. DS9 was regularly in the top ten. I'd further compare the ranking to DS9's ranking for the same week, but my eyes are tired and I'm going to bed now. Suffice it to say, DS9's ratings were always better than B5's.
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