As the first new Star Trek television series in over a decade, there was a lot of hype surrounding Discovery, and the anticipation translated into viewers. The first episode which had premiered on Sunday night has brought in 8.2 million views, and this makes it one of the most viewed programs of the night.
Discovery is the 6th live-action Star Trek series. Its predecessor, Enterprise brought in 12.5 million for the debut episode. Before that, 21.3 million watched the premiere of Voyager, and 15.7 million saw the start of The Next Generation.
While the number of viewers fell short of many of the series’ predecessors, that high number is a good sign for CBS All Access, which will stream the show in the United States. Though it declined to reveal actual numbers, CBS reports that Discovery‘s premiere drew a lot of subscribers to the service, leading to the site’s best month, week and day for new sign-ups.
Discovery takes place around a decade before Star Trek: The Original Series. Alex Kurtzman talked about how the new series will push the series into new frontiers. The show will feature deaths of major characters.