‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Premiere Draws 9.6 Million Viewers on CBS

The overnight numbers are in and Star Trek: Discovery‘s series premiere “The Vulcan Hello” drew approximately 8.2 9.6 million views, making it one of the most-viewed programs on Sunday night.

*The premiere of Star Trek: Discovery has been updated from 8.2 to 9.6 million by the Nielsen.

How Discovery stacks up against other Star Trek premieres:

The 2001 premiere of Star Trek: Enterprise “Broken Bow” saw 12.5 million views, while the first episode of Star Trek: Voyager “Caretaker” on UPN had 21.3 million, and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s “Encounter at Farpoint” had 15.7 million views.

It should be noted that while Discovery may not had reached the pinnacles of its predecessors, the television landscape has changed dramatically in recent years.

Following the premiere on CBS, the series’ second episode “Battle at Binary Stars” was made available on CBS All Access. Additionally, all future episodes will be released on over-the-top streaming service in the United States on Sundays. The first half of the season will run through November 5, with the series returning in January 2018.

CBS issued a press release on Sunday night noting that Star Trek: Discovery was responsible for the largest single-day sign-ups in the history of CBS All Access, since the service was launched in 2014.

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  • Matthew

    yeah uh farpoint had 27 million viewers

    • CH0S3N

      That’s a lot!

      • Matthew

        I don’t get your point…i was correcting the viewer numbers

    • John Du

      there are also three zillion billion more tv shows and channels to compete with now a days.

  • CH0S3N

    Pretty sad that this is a Netflix original series but we can’t even view it on Netflix in the US. Loyal Netflix subscribers help pay for this content, yet we have to pay for another subscription to view it. I went ahead and got CBS All Access just to find out it doesn’t even support 5.1 surround! It’s almost like they don’t want this show to succeed.

  • Is that 9.6 million a combined total from CBS broadcast and CBSAA?

  • matthieu campbell (DarthZash)

    So how do Canadians watch this? TV subscriptions? No thanks, no wonder people acquire it by other means….

  • ButtonShoes

    The Nielsen ratings don’t really mean much since this show isn’t airing on broadcast. What’s important is how many of those people who watched will shell out for CBS All-Access, which is something we’ll never know because CBS will never tell us.

  • Can I have the other episodes release. Am tired of waiting

    • Talos4

      CBS All Access is releasing the episodes once a week in two groupings.