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Old May 9 2013, 07:07 PM   #68
horatio83
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Re: “In Conversation” or “Berman and Braga vs the world.”

You always gotta be a bit careful with ratings, first because they are subject to time slots and thus self-fulfilling prophecies like during the last season of TOS (cut the budget, move the show on a bad time slot and then play all surprised when fewer people watch it), second because of DVD sales (more serialized shows sell better on DVDs), third because they reveal little about story quality (most people consider the last season of ENT as best and yet the ratings were seemingly on their lowest level during the last year).
But of course the rough picture is correct, TOS and TNG are the classics and the spinoff shows, well, they are just spinoffs.
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