"Star Trek has been an important part of UPN's history, and Enterprise has carried on the tradition of its predecessors with great distinction," said UPN's president of entertainment, Dawn Ostroff. "We'd like to thank Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and an incredibly talented cast for creating an engaging, new dimension to the Star Trek universe on UPN, and we look forward to working with them, and our partners at Paramount Network Television, on a send-off that salutes its contributions to The Network and satisfies its loyal viewers."
The series, now in its fourth season, has suffered from perpetually low ratings. Indeed, its renewal for a fourth season was very much in doubt. In the end, UPN moved it to Friday nights - up against new episodes of Stargate: SG1 on Sci-Fi - and despite a generally perceived improvement in the quality of the storylines, ratings failed to recover.
"The creators, stars and crew of Star Trek: Enterprise ambitiously and proudly upheld the fine traditions of the Star Trek franchise," said David Stapf, president of Paramount Network Television. "We are grateful for their contributions to the legacy of Trek and commend them on completing nearly 100 exciting, dramatic and visually stunning episodes. All of us at Paramount warmly bid goodbye to Enterprise, and we all look forward to a new chapter of this enduring franchise in the future."
The series finale will air in America on Friday, May 13, 2005.