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Today In STAR TREK History: September 8th

And it all began today...
Welcome to our round-up of the Star Trek episodes which received their premiere broadcast on this day throughout the show's long history, along with anything else of note that may have taken place. All viewing figures quoted are for U.S. premiere broadcast (unless noted).

September 8th
As you very likely know, Star Trek premiered on US television on this day in 1966 (it was a Thursday) with the episode The Man Trap (which was actually the sixth episode produced).

Forming part of NBC's "Sneak a Peek Week", in which the network showed the premiere episodes of several new shows in prime time slots, ahead of the rival channels ABC and CBS, who were still showing repeats from the previous season, The Man Trap placed first in its timeslot, with Nielsen ratings of 25.2 during the first half-hour; some 46.7 percent of all televisions in use at the time were tuned in to the episode. During the second half of the episode, the rating dipped slightly to 24.2, with 42.2 percent of televisions tuned in. A mightily impressive start for the series. And it wasn't the only iteration of Star Trek to premiere on September 8th...
The series premiere of Star Trek: The Animated Series arrived on this day in 1973 as part of NBC's Saturday morning line-up. Ratings were high across both seasons of the show, but they skewed away from the young children demographic which Saturday morning advertisers were trying to reach, being more popular with adults and older children, so we only ended up with 22 episodes produced. As for this one, Beyond The Farthest Star saw the USS Enterprise pulled into the orbit of a dead star while they were exploring on the outermost rim of the galaxy. Trapped there, the crew discovers that there is an ancient derelict pod ship trapped with them as well.

Join us again next time for another round-up of the episodes broadcast, the movie's released, the special events, the birthday's celebrated and anything else of note that went down on this day in Star Trek history.

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