SFTV_troy 28 Sep 2010 Over the years I've heard a lot of people claim FOX canceled the 1996 Eighth Doctor Pilot episode because it did poorly. I suspected that was not correct so I looked-up the original Nielsen Ratings - 5.5% of the US audience - week of 5/13 5.5% is a respectable number. It's equal to Star Trek DS9, half a point higher than Xena, and one point higher than the same-week Star Trek Voyager, Hercules, and Sliders episodes (all of which were renewed). It was also about 2 points higher than Babylon5 (3.2%) and 3 points higher than Space: Above & Beyond. . I suspect the reason FOX canceled the Doctor Who series after just one pilot episode is for the same reason they canceled Firefly, Strange Luck, Brisco County Jr, and other shows. Even the popular X-Files was at one time on FOX's chopping block, but it got a last minute reprieve and a second season. - FOX in the 1990s had a basic dislike of fantasy/scifi genre, not because of a lack of viewers. Had Doctor Who aired on any other network, like WB or UPN, it probably would have survived.