Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Showtime Moves “Twin Peaks” to 8pm As Ratings (240K) vs. “Game of Thrones” (9.2M) Continue to Sputter


Showtime is moving “Twin Peaks” to 8pm for its last six Sundays. The reason is pretty clear. This week, “Twin Peaks” had 240,000 viewers at 9pm. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” had 9.2 million viewers. I may have been the only person who watched “Twin Peaks” live at its right hour.

But it’s even worse than that. “Twin Peaks” only ran 53 minutes this week. “Game of Thrones” was 10 minutes longer. Anyone who was interested was able to switch over to the HBO show and catch about 15 minutes of it– and that’s because the last five or six minutes of “Twin Peaks” is a throwaway anyway.

This week, especially, “Twin Peaks” could barely make 45 minutes. Do they just run out of steam and say, Oh the hell with it? We don’t understand the show either.

I’m still thinking of Sherilyn Fenn as our beloved Audrey, sweater girl, now in her 40s and screaming at that strange little man about why she was wearing her coat. Meanwhile, Emilia Clarke was explaining her dragons’ names to Jon Snow. Audrey should have flown in on a dragon.

Will the 8pm move mean anything? I don’t know. I long for “Billions” and “Homeland” to return.

PS “Twin Peaks” finished 148th out of 150 cable shows on Sunday night.

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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