I know quite a few people who watch one or more Trek shows (usually TNG or Voyager) but don't watch DS9. When I've asked them why sometimes they give the lame "it's a space station so they don't go anywhere!" answer. But some of them, who actually gave the show a chance, say it's because Avery Brooks is a terrible actor and they can't stand to watch them. I DISAGREE THAT BROOKS IS A TERRIBLE ACTOR, however, I can see why others could think that. The man's acting is like nothing else on Trek. He talks so weird! He voice goes up and down in every sentence. His laugh is completely crazy sounding. To be honest I remember that when I first started watch I didn't like him either. I got used to his style, of course, as all Niners have. But do you think Avery Brooks is responsible for a lot of people turning off DS9? Sadly, I'd have to say YES.