Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Sunday Night Cable: Sacha Baron Cohen Pulled in Just 219K Views Compared to Bruce Willis’s 1.7 Mil for Celeb Roast


Who is America? Or rather, where is it? It’s certainly not watching Sacha Baron Cohen’s weekly show on Showtime.

On Sunday “Who is America,” which skewered failed Senate candidate Roy Moore, landed only 219,000 viewers. That was up about 60,000 from the prior week, but basically, disaster.

What were cable viewers watching Sunday at 10pm? Why, the Bruce Willis roast on Comedy Central. Emceed by a very capable Joseph Gordon Levitt, the roast was raunchy lite, nothing too bad. Willis was chided for making bad movies, and for his failed marriage to Demi Moore. To top that off, Moore herself appeared and was hilarious (Also she looked great.)

It was a fun night, with non comics like Martha Stewart and Edward Norton the surprise stars.

Willis seemed to enjoy the evening although he didn’t say much. Just at the end he read a long speech off a TelePrompter and got some laughs. It felt as though it had been taped separately, however.

Roger Friedman
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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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