Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Chris Stapleton Hits Number 1 After ACM Awards, But TV Show Loses One-Third of Audience


The biggest winner and loser all happened in one place last night: Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller” album zoomed to number 1 on iTunes after he had a big night on the show. At one point the whole audience got up and cheered for him. You can’t beat that kind of publicity.

But the ACM Awards show lost a third of its audience from last year, with 11.18 million viewers. It barely edged out NBC’s “Little Big Shots” in which children with talents are exploited for money and attention. Kids play the darnedest things!

On iTunes, all the country artists did well, with immediate downloads kicking their albums and singles to the top of the charts. But the pop crap performers on the I Heart Music Awards, over on TBS, didn’t do much. Zayn Malik’s album fell to number 9, no one downloaded anything by Justin Bieber. Taylor Swift’s “1989” album is at number 27. If any of her fans don’t have that album by now, they’re in comas.

No numbers yet from TBS on the I Heart Music Awards.

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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