Could he be selectively choosing ratings samples to support his argument that the series was a success? It certainly doesn't support anything I'd read back in the 60s or early 70s.
Yeah I think he might be overstating things a bit with the ratings. Although it probably IS fair to say that the show was much more popular and highly rated than the conventional wisdom has always had it.
Because before now, I had always heard that the show was a huge disappointment and finished nearly last
in the ratings every year. Which always seemed strange to me given how bold and unique the show must have looked at the time.
If nothing else, it's nice to know that the show at least wasn't a complete
And yeah, there's probably also some truth to the fact that the high cost of the show and Roddenberry's difficult ways played a big role in the show's cancellation as well.