Saturday, May 18, 2024

Almost No One Watches Alec Baldwin Talk Show Debut: Lowest Rated Sunday Night Show



Alec Baldwin’s talk show debut on ABC scored just 2.71  million viewers. It was the lowest rated show on the big three networks. Twice as many people watched “Madame Secretary” on CBS.

The talk show got a lower rating that daytime soap operas, actually.

Last Sunday, “Shark Tank” did slightly better in the time period.

Alec has been hosting “The Match Game” on ABC Sunday nights. The talk show had to have been a contractual perk to keep him going as a modern day Gene Rayburn. His guests were Robert De Niro and Taraji P. Henson.

The interviews were fine. But it turned out that between being on “Saturday Night Live” the night before and broadcasting this tape, Alec gave a speech in New Haven where he announced that we have to overthrow the government. What a twenty four hours!

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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