Well, well, well. Seems that the reason Enterprise got renewed for the Fall, in spite of lackluster ratings and a poor fit with the new UPN schedule, had to do with money. Paramount reportedly cut the cost to UPN for Enterprise from $1.7 million to $800,000 and also suggested the move to Friday.
With such a drastic cut does this mean that they'll also cut the production costs? Will that mean a lot fewer aliens and special effects? More shows about the characters? I wouldn't mind that last, as the few season-ending episodes I saw had some great character beats in among the hyped-up drama. With Brannon Braga out of the picture this season, maybe that'll happen.
I'm guessing once the show hits the magic "100" number -- the minimum number of episodes for a show to do well in syndication -- you'll see it get cancelled quietly.