No way was Kes more popular than Chakotay.
[..] It held the lady viewers for 7 years.
I wouldn`t have become a Voyagerfan without Chakotay.
I loved him from the very first minute I saw him in Caretaker and I`m still a Voyagerfan only because of him.
Meanwhile I also like the other characters but my heart belongs to Chakotay.