Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is barely holding onto its Top 10 position.
It’s obvious that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ second season hasn’t been the breakout season many, including ourselves had expected. The franchise had some fairly low-rated episodes in season two, with some mediocre 7.4s on IMDB and a flat-out terrible 6.9 for Strange New Worlds’ musical episode. The ratings dipped on Rotten Tomatoes just a bit, and fan frustration was higher than in season one.
Still, Strange New Worlds seems to be the more consistently produced and created series of the Nu Trek era, and while season two is down a bit, it’s still being viewed as a very good show, even if it did take a slight step back in season two, compared to season one.
And the reasoning for this is clear. The first episode of the season had to write out Christoper Pike for most of filming due to the birth of his child, meaning that the key to the show was gone for almost an entire episode, and fair enough. There are more important things.
Then there were some duds, beyond Subspace Rhapsody, like Among the Lotus Eaters and Lost in Translation, both of whom represented the 2nd and 3rd lowest-rated episodes for the show on IMDB.
And the fans have turned out in kind, or not always in kind. Despite being a huge hit in season one, the second season is ebbing and flowing out of the Top 10 on a nearly bi-weekly basis. For July 17-23, Strange New Worlds was #10 in total minutes streamed, and #9 on the list for July 24-30.
But it’s been off the list twice across the first seven weeks of recorded data.
Considering the Nielsen track total minutes watched and not the total viewers captured, it’s hard to know how many people are watching Strange New Worlds, as the total time watched is cumulative from across its entire run, but some believe it’s around the one million mark.