I was able to catch the premiere of Encounter At Farpoint when it was shown on WAVE in Louisville. I was stationed at Ft. Knox and insisted that the wife make room in the budget for cable.
I was a little disappointed to find out that an update of an old TOS episode The Naked Now was next. It was almost like saying, "hey, let's put the new crew in an old situation and see if they fit... and if it doesn't kill the franchise, we can have another season or something."
Luckily, TNG got it's own wings soon enough.