Saturday, April 20, 2024

Cable Ratings: “Walking Dead” Rises Just a Fraction With Rick’s Departure, Lena Dunham’s “Camping” Soon to Fold Tent, Kardashians Find Old Friends


It’s not a great time for Sunday cable ratings.

“The Walking Dead” sent Rick off to do solo movies. The result was an uptick of just around 300,000 viewers to 5.4 million. We’ll see next Sunday how his absence plays out. Would they have gotten more viewers if they’d just killed him? Probably.

Lena Dunham’s “Camping” will fold its tent soon. They’re off from the first episode by 67%. Sunday they had around 265,000 viewers. Test patterns do better. HBO’s “The Deuce” has around 384,000 people watching. The end can’t come soon enough for either show.

Good news, if you care: The Kardashians found some old friends this week, and were up to 1.1 million after several weeks sitting at around 800,000. Maybe one of them got killed? Or ate a baby? Why the sudden return of 350,000 viewers? Maybe it was like on “Mary Hartman” where the Nielsen box was on in a mental hospital.


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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