Wednesday, June 19, 2024

TV Ratings: Only 7 Million People Will Watch Jazz, Opera, Fine Arts on A Network Show


The ratings are in for last night. The Kennedy Center Honors pulled in 7 million viewers, almost none of whom weren’t on breathing machines or getting their pills before sleep. I thought it was the best show in years, with amazing jazz and opera performances, a great tribute to Billy Joel, an entertaining segment on Shirley MacLaine.

But I did think that during the tribute to opera legend Maria Arroyo almost everyone would leave. And they did. I thought they might come back for Billy Joel. They didn’t.

The Herbie Hancock section should win some kind of prize, it was so amazing. Wayne Shorter, everybody! But NFL Football just wiped them out, right off the tube.

There are only 7 million people left in the U.S. who care about the fine arts. If CBS hadn’t had football first between 7 and 9pm they would have gone out of business. I give Les Moonves credit for sticking with the Kennedy Center and the Tony Awards.  And for not having the foul “Raising Hope” on his network.

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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