How Star Trek: Picard's Premiere Did On CBS All Access

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(Image credit: CBS All Access)
(Image credit: CBS All Access)

How did Star Trek: Picard’s much-anticipated premiere do on CBS All Access? It is the question on many Trekkies’ minds after the series, centered on Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard, made its debut. Well, the results are pretty telling, and they are pretty positive. Star Trek: Picard’s premiere even set a record for CBS All Access.

Star Trek: Picard is now the record-holder as the service’s most-watched premiere ever! The news comes as CBS All Access reports a record month of subscriber sign-ups. These numbers are clearly no joke! The launch of Star Trek: Picard drew the largest number of unique viewers and streams ever for a CBS All Access series premiere. “Make it so, Number One!”

The streamer confirmed that Star Trek: Picard bested the previous record set by Star Trek: Discovery by a significant margin. From one Star Trek show to another! The Patrick Stewart-led series had 115% more total streams and an 180% increased subscriber streaming volume than CBS All Access' first foray into Star Trek originals.

The streaming service did not disclose the number of total viewers for Star Trek: Picard’s premiere. Hopefully, they are on their way! I think it is reasonable to think they could be quite stellar. In the meantime, fans will have to wait and see if the absence of Michael Dorn’s Worf and LeVar Burton’s Geordi is rectified in Season 2.

Yes, Star Trek: Picard has already been renewed, and it has already recruited additional Star Trek vets to return. For now, though, the focus will shift to the remainder of the series’ first season, which unfurls weekly on CBS All Access.

There is also the question of how Star Trek: Picard’s ratings will do as it continues its freshman season. Back when Star Trek: Discovery made its debut on CBS (the network), it brought in an impressive audience. Live+Same day numbers put the first two episodes as being in front of 9.6 million viewers with a 1.9 rating in the key demo. But, CBS All Access is in a whole other orbit.

However, Star Trek: Discovery’s initial debut and now Star Trek: Picard’s indicate that interest in the franchise clearly remains strong among prospective viewers. Expectations for Star Trek: Picard has been building for a while, which makes the premiere’s success a welcome (if expected) development.

Patrick Stewart stunned and delighted many when it was announced that he would reprise the iconic role for the CBS All Access series in 2018. Thus, setting the stage for an enthusiastically received bow. After Stewart teased some shocks for Star Trek fans, we were finally able to feast our eyes on the series a few days ago.

The road getting to Star Trek: Picard’s premiere included Patrick Stewart agreeing to return after setting one condition before signing on. He also wanted Picard to have a pit bull. As you can tell from watching Star Trek: Picard’s trailer or the show, Picard’s beloved dog, “Number One,” is a pit bull, and their adventures are just beginning!

It is official! Patrick Stewart is back as Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Picard and viewers were ready for it! As one of this winter’s premieres, new episodes of Picard will premiere Thursdays at 3:01 a.m. ET on CBS All Access.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.