the end of the shows seven-year run, it briefly held the record
for the longest-running American live-action science fiction
television series. It’s run was soon tied by its spin-offs “Star
Trek—Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek Voyager”. In 2002, the
record was beaten by “X-Files”, which would go on to nine
it’s first season, Star Trek: The Next Generation was hailed as
the highest-rated syndicated one-hour drama on television… with
the caveat that it was also the
syndicated one-hour drama on television.
two-hour pilot episode, “Encounter at Farpoint,” began principal
photography on May 29, 1987.
Nimoy had said in 1986 that any attempt to capture the success
of the original Star Trek would be like “trying to capture
lightning in a bottle.”
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" has made over $500,000,000 in
syndication and merchandising
According to a November 1992 issue of
"California Business" article, Paramount's annual first-run TNG
gross advertising revenues are about $90 million, with
production costs in the $31.2-$36.4 million range. Net annual
advertising profits are between $30 and $60 million, without
even counting the $70 million+ in licensing and affiliate
station fees. TNG airs in 217 markets, with a 99% national
coverage. Weekly viewership is in the 20 million range, bring in
the most desirable of demographics.
That "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is on the list of shows
endorsed by the Viewers for Quality Television. Other VQT
endorsed shows include "Cheers", "Designing Women", "LA Law",
"Life Goes On", "Murphy Brown", "Northern Exposure", "The Trials
Of Rosie O'Neill", "Law & Order", "Quantum Leap", "60 Minutes",
"China Beach", "thirtysomething", and "Beauty and the Beast".