Did anyone mention children on a starship? I was 11 years old when TNG premiered and even I could see it as a blatant attempt to get kids my age to tune in.
Brings to mind one of my prime complaints about Wesley.
Teens like to see people on shows who are popular, certainly within their own peer group. Wesley was largely shown to be isolated from his age group (we saw him among his peers once in ten forward). Wesley wanted to hang out with the ship's older officers.
As a draw for watchers in their mid teens through early twenties, Wesley was useless. Showing him as being "The In Guy
,", even on just a few episodes, would have made him a lot more interesting to younger viewers.
Give him Trip's personality.