December 20, 1968
"Elaan of Troyius"
Guest star, France Nuyen comes on mighty strong tonight with her performance as a high priestess of a planet. She is being transported by the Enterprise to another planet where she will be married off as a peace gesture. But she has two things going for her -- her aggressive arrogance and a strange set of tear ducts which manufacture tears that can enslave men like Captain Kirk.
A.C. Nielsen shows that Star Trek had a very strong second place standing in the ratings. Don’t believe 46 years of folklore. Believe the facts, and the facts are finally here:
RATINGS / Nielsen National report for Friday, December 20, 1968:
10 – 10:30 p.m., 53.5% U.S. TVs in use. Share: Households:
NBC: Star Trek (first half) 27% 10,370,000
ABC: Judd, for the Defense 30% 10,830,000
CBS: Friday Night Movie 27% 12,230,000
Independent local stations: 16% No data
10:30 - 11 p.m., 53.5% U.S. TVs in use. Share: Households:
NBC: Star Trek (second half) 29% No data
ABC: Judd, for the Defense 31% No data
CBS: Friday Night Movie 26% No data
Independent local stations: 14% No data
So, if A.C. Nielsen was right and 10,370,000 households were tuned in to Star Trek, with an average of two people per household, then there were nearly 21 million of us watching. Not bad for a show sent into exile in the Friday 10-11 p.m. “death slot.”
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