The data is in for the season three (and series) finale of Star Trek: Picard and the show has appeared for the third time on Nielsen’s streaming charts. Also, fan momentum for a spin-off series continues as the petition for Legacy hits a new milestone.
Picard moves up the list
Last week Star Trek: Picard appeared for the second time on Nielsen’s chart of the top 10 original streaming shows in the USA, this was based on viewership during the week of the ninth episode. Today Nielsen released their chart for the week of the finale (April 17-23) and Picard shows up at number 9.
Nielsen uses millions of minutes viewed for their ranking, and Picard jumped from 276 last week to 400 million this week, or a 39% increase. This is the third appearance for Picard, and only the fourth appearance of any original Paramount+ series since Nielsen added the streaming service to their rankings earlier this year. The only other Paramount+ original to make the chart was one appearance of the Yellowstone prequel 1923 in March.
Support for Legacy spin-off grows
Picard showrunner Terry Matalas and members of the cast (including the TNG vets) have been vocal in their hopes for a spin-off series, which would be titled Star Trek: Legacy and be set on the USS Enterprise-G under the command of Captain Seven (Jeri Ryan). We have previously reported on a petition supporting this idea, including when the week after the finale it passed 32,000, which was the same level of support as a previous petition received calling for a show with Captain Pike and the USS Enterprise after season 2 of Discovery. Support for the Legacy petition has grown, and this week it passed the 50,000 signature mark, currently approaching 52,000.
Captain Seven herself has shown her appreciation for the fans, with Jeri Ryan yesterday saying, “You guys are unreal” when sharing the news about the petition passing 50,000.
— Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) May 17, 2023
Hope for Legacy?
Even before the WGA strike, Terry Matalas made it clear that there was no development underway for the Legacy show. There were many factors that lead to CBS/Paramount giving Star Trek: Strange New Worlds a green light, and fan support for the idea was acknowledged as one of the factors by executive producer Alex Kurtzman. Last month Kurtzman said he heard fans “loud and clear” when it comes to their calls for Star Trek: Legacy. However, with two active live-action Star Trek shows (Strange New Worlds and Starfleet Academy) and a TV movie (Section 31), it will take a lot more than a fan petition to get Paramount+ to give another Trek show a greenlight, especially as the company has cut back on spending over the last year, following the industry-wide trend towards cost-cutting and focus on profit.
The Nielsen numbers (and Paramount’s own internal metrics) are likely key factors in any evaluation. It will be worth watching to see how season 2 of Strange New Worlds performs when it debuts in June. Of course, with the ongoing WGA strike showing no signs of ending soon, no development work on any series can even take place. Later in the year the streamer could take a closer look at their plans for the Star Trek franchise and decide if the Legacy show can find a place.
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