Wednesday, April 24, 2024

TV: “Twin Peaks” Continues to Repel Viewers, Beaten Handily by “The Leftovers” and “Silicon Valley”


The ratings are in for Sunday– and oh, ouch, it’s not good for “Twin Peaks.” I hate to report this because I’m sure Showtime spent a lot on this David Lynch comeback. But the total audience on Sunday night was 254,000. That was actually up from 195,000 the previous week– but still, it’s way outside the top 25 cable shows and in another world — a Twin Peaks world– from broadcast TV.

Compare those numbers with “The Leftovers” series finale at the same time– just over 1 million people. Of course “The Leftovers” makes just about as much sense as “Twin Peaks.” But at least there was an original premise– the disappearance of all those people– to hang on to. “Twin Peaks” offers nothing tangible as a guide– not even a continuing story among the old favorites in town who had nothing to do with Evil Lurking Everywhere.

Meanwhile, “Silicon Valley” came in with 862,000 viewers– three times as many as “Twin Peaks.” I do hope “Silicon Valley” gets a lot of Emmy nominations. “Veep” was off this week.

The Kardashians regained their lost audience, had 1.4 million viewers. Among reality shows on Sunday night though, they are pretty much at the bottom. Even the Amish are tying with them. Talk about realities 180 degrees apart!

As for “Twin Peaks”: it’s hard to imagine 13 more hours of this stuff. Nothing happens. People come and go. There’s nothing to root for.

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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