Friday, July 19, 2024

TVLand Ratings Strike Out: “Cleveland” Very Low, “Soul Man” Vanishes


TVLand returned to its first run schedule on Wednesday night and it was bad news. Their linchpin show, “Hot in Cleveland,” scored low numbers. But that was good news compared to “The Soul Man.” That egregious slice of yuck failed to make the top 100 shows of the night on cable. Consider that the top 100 consists of mostly reruns. The number 1 show on Wednesday was a first run episode of “Royal Pains” with 3.67 million viewers. Number 2 was a syndicated rerun of “The Big Bang Theory.”

“Royal Pains” also had a decent 1.2 for the 18-49 age demo, top of the list.

“Cleveland,” however, finished in the middle of the pack, with half as many actual viewers (1.69 mil) and a lackluster 0.5 in the demo. That means most “Cleveland” viewers are on respirators.

I’d compare that with “The Soul Man.” That this rotten show was renewed is mind boggling. Following “Cleveland” on Wednesday night, “The Soul Man” didn’t crack the top 100. The least viewed cable show of the night was a “Seinfeld” rerun with 780,000 people tuning in. That was number 100. Cedric the Entertainer’s poor rip off of the real Soul Man, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) couldn’t even be counted.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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