As the first new Star Trek television series in over a decade, there was lot of hype surrounding Discovery, and that anticipation definitely translated into viewers. The first episode -- which premiered on Sunday night -- brought in approximately 8.2 million views, making it one of the most viewed programs of the night.
Discovery is the sixth live-action Star Trek series. Its immediate predecessor,Enterprise brought in 12.5 million for its debut episode. Prior to that, 21.3 million watched the premiere of Voyager, and 15.7 million saw the start of The Next Generation. While the number of viewers fell short of many of the series' predecessors, that high number is likely a good sign for CBS All Access, which will stream the show in the United States. Though it declined to reveal actual numbers, CBS reports that Discovery's premiere drew a lot of subscribers to the service, leading to the site's best month, week and day for new sign-ups.
Discovery takes place around a decade before Star Trek: The Original Series. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman has talked extensively about how the new series will push the series into new and relevant frontiers. The show will feature the deaths of main characters, a same-sex couple and -- when necessary -- f-bombs.
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Star Trek: Discovery airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT in the United States on CBS All Access, in Canada on Space and in most other countries on Netflix.
via TV Line