Sunday, June 16, 2024

NBC’s Thursday Night Is Must-Not See TV With Ratings Lower than Soap Operas


CBS won Thursday night’s ratings easily, with the potent combo of “Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon” bringing in 11-12 million viewers from 8 to 9pm. Then “Mom” pulled in over 8 million, and “Murphy Brown 2.0” 6.5 million viewers– “Murphy” desperately needs work, it would never live without “Mom”‘s protection. No one I know can bear to watch it.

But CBS is golden compared to NBC. What the heck is happening? Look at these ratings. They’re lower than “The Young and the Restless.” Actually, NBC’s own “Days of our Lives” doing better at noon by comparison. Very few people are watching the NBC lineup even though it’s hip and cool and all that. Maybe it’s a promotional problem. But these numbers are Must Not See TV. I thought “Will & Grace”: was a big hit. And “SVU” should be doing a lot better. It’s tough out there!


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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