Are the Star Trek: Discovery premiere ratings stellar for CBS?

Posted September 26, 2017

"Star Trek: Discovery" blasts off this weekend, and in celebration, so has a real-life USS Discovery. It's frustrating to many viewers that CBS has new shows like "Young Sheldon" and "Me, Myself & I" coming to the network, but you have to pay for more "Discovery", and more of "The Good Wife" spinoff, "The Good Fight". Internally, CBS expects that number to rise as 7-day delayed viewing is taken into account. Worst of all, perhaps, by the time you get into the series a few episodes, the first two might as well have been a fifteen-minute flashback that builds the setting. This Star Trek series is also making history as the first to run exclusively on a digital platform.

Sunday's premiere of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access, CBS's streaming service, is said to have "broken a record" for subscriber sign-ups in a single day.

As the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery approached, the internet was buzzing with news and rumors surrounding the content and theory of the new series, and nothing seemed to have more people talking than the fact that those behind the show were determined to break some of Gene Roddenberry's rules.

The series also stars James Frain, Rainn Wilson, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Chris Obi, Mary Chieffo, Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy, Sam Vartholomeos, Rekha Sharma, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell, and Damon Runyan.

That's one Discovery we'll have to wait to fully uncover.

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Star Trek: Discovery is distributed globally on Netflix.

Even with all that, Discovery is not a poorly executed show by any stretch.

Executive producer Akiva Goldsman called "Star Trek: Discovery" "by far the most serialized version of "Star Trek" that has ever existed, and as such, it's long-form character storytelling".

CBS All Access will continue to engage "Star Trek" fans tonight with the inaugural episode of "After Trek", the "Star Trek: Discovery" live companion after-show hosted by Matt Mira airing at 11:00 PM, ET/8:00 PM, PT.

Ultimately, what we're trying to say here is mostly that it's not that enormous of an investment, and if you do love Star Trek and want some quality fall programming, it's probably worth the buy.

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Although Star Trek: Discovery features a new ship, new characters, and new missions, it espouses the same ideals and optimism which have drawn in audiences for more than 50 years.

There were a lot of fun little references in the dialogue too, mostly to planets and places from the other Star Trek shows. It doesn't help matters that the Shenzhou looks way more high-tech than anything on the original series or TNG, and that the Starfleet uniforms on the show barely resemble those of the era that it's supposedly just 10 years behind.

Netflix also revealed that every episode of the 15-episode first season will be available to watch on the streamer with Klingon subtitles, so that the most super of fans can test their knowledge and brush up on their Klingon.

In a recent interview, Discovery co-creator Alex Kurtzman said that a Season 2 will take a while, but that there's very good reason for that.

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