Star Trek: Discovery Nearly Cracks 10 Million Viewers Sunday Night on CBS

Star Trek: Discovery, the newest entity into the Star Trek franchise in more than 10 years took home a significant chunk of viewers, getting over 9 million viewers during its premiere on Sunday, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.

The first episode of the new Star Trek series delivered 9.6 million viewers, as well as a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, according to CBS’ time-zone adjusted national numbers, with CBS expecting a rise to 15 million and a 3.0 rating after seven days of delayed viewing.

While there are no streaming numbers for the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, CBS did note that Sunday was the CBS All Access’ biggest day for new subscriptions ever. CBS hopes that fan interest in Discovery will lead more subscribers to their streaming media service, which currently costs $5.99/month for limited commercial breaks and a 7-day free trial. CBS Interactive president Marc DeBevoise had the following to say when asked to make a case to a fan on the fence:

Try it; All Access is free to try and if you don’t think it’s worth the value, we get it…It’s not going to be for everybody. We know some of our customers are going to be cord cutters, some are going to be people who want CBS another way and some just want the premium content we’re offering. Also, it’s not like we’re price gouging here. I think it’s a reasonable price for the value we’re delivering. It’s not just what you get on CBS, it is 10,000 episodes of content plus live TV. We have to show people the value of the service, and I think we will.

Star Trek: Discovery‘s first two episodes are available now on CBS All Access.

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