Any more that you need to have actually watched any ST at all prior to watching the current films. Whether the STs require [direct] familiarity with each other was never the point, if you've read the post I was originally responding to.
As for ratings, fans are likewise living in a cloud if they think those numbers can be dismissed entirely as not reflective of quality. You can't compare a show that probably never found its audience with a branded property that has dropped to one sixth of its average former viewership. What would the numbers of the re-runs and DVD sales show if you had easy access to that information? Do ENT DVDs sell more than one-sixth as many copies as TNG DVDs? I'd be curious to know. However if there are a (significant) number of people who had every intention of catching up on ENT eventually, but just not when it was on the air and in need of some higher numbers, then I'm really sorry to hear that. I find it unlikely though.
Last edited by samwiseb : 09-22-2013 at 06:54 AM.