Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Ratings: Lena Dunham’s “Camping” Sitcom Falls 31% to Just 404K Viewers, “Walking Dead” Settles at 5 Million Level


It wasn’t a great night on cable for two popular¬† institutions.

Lena Dunham’s HBO sitcom fell to just 404,000 viewers in its second week. “Camping” also scored a very low .10 in the key demo from 18-49. That means mostly people old– like me– watched it (I didn’t) and maybe they fell asleep.

This is a pretty steep drop from last week’s 589K and .13. Viewers are fleeing.

This could be an explanation for the professional divorce between Dunham and ex partner Jenni Konner. They just shut down their website.

The 400K number is way off from the first three seasons of “Girls,” which was a hit before it leveled off to that number toward the end of six seasons. But when “Girls” first hit, they had twice as many viewers. There’s no buzz on “Camping.” It’s unlikely we’ll see a second season.

Meantime, “The Walking Dead” has leveled off at 5 million viewers. It’s still number 1 on Sunday night, the zombie hour lost 1 million viewers off its premiere two weeks ago and it looks like those are the people staying…for now.¬† Those 5 million are still two-and-a-half times as many as Alec Baldwin’s viewership on ABC an hour later. And they’re equal to the numbers network shows get. But gone are the days of 10 million people watching “The Walking Dead.”



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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