The first ratings and reactions to the debut of Star Trek: Discovery are starting to come in. We have the overnight national TV ratings, news on CBS All Access subscriptions, and first mainstream critical response.
UPDATED: Star Trek broadcast premieres with 9.6 million viewers
Earlier we reported initial ratings for the the broadcast of the first hour of Star Trek: Discovery had a total of 8.2 million viewers, which was characterized by TVByTheNumbers as “decent.” There is now an update on the ratings from Entertainment Weekly with the Discovery numbers adjusted up to 9.6 million views (with a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, according). EW also reports that CBS “expects the numbers to rise to 15 million viewers and a 3.0 rating when adding seven days of delayed viewing.
For comparison the adjusted live ratings for The Orville on it’s debut two weeks ago were 8.6 million with a 2.7 rating in the demo, although that show has seen a drop since it moved to Thursday night without the NFL lead in.
Discovery sets All Access record
Of course the broadcast premiere of Star Trek: Discovery was really just a glorified commercial for CBS All Access where the second episode debuted last night. There are no ratings for streaming services but according to CBS, Star Trek: Discovery broke a new record for subscriber sign-ups in a single day, eclipsing the previous record held by the 2017 Grammy Awards.
CBS also announced that All Access has had the best week and month ever for sign-ups due to the launch Star Trek: Discovery in addition to their other content, including the fall kick-off of NFL on CBS.
Critics (mostly) praise debut of Discovery
Reviews for the debut of Star Trek: Discovery (like TrekMovie’s) were embargoed until Sunday night, but they are starting to trickle in. Discovery currently has an 88% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 24 critic reviews. The Metacritic rating is 74 based on 16 reviews. So far most of the reviews in the mainstream range from positive to mixed. Here are some examples
Star Trek: Discovery has every chance from here to become something great, possibly even awards worthy.
With its level of talent and commitment, Star Trek: Discovery has a decent chance of getting on course to complete its mission.
– USA Today
This is light years removed from being a perfect TV show, but it already shows signs of being a great one.
– NY Magazine/Vulture
This feels like a show struggling to find its heart. But at least Martin-Green gives it a pulse.
– Entertainment Weekly
Despite being outfitted with some interesting wrinkles, Star Trek: Discovery is an unspectacular addition to the existing fleet of Trek-branded series.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusive in the US on CBS All Access with new episodes released Sundays at 8:30 pm ET. In Canada Star Trek: Discovery airs on the Space Channel at the same time. Discovery is available on Netflix outside the USA and Canada with new episodes made available Monday mornings.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.