Tuesday, June 25, 2024

SAG Awards Topped All Cable Shows on Sunday with 2.6 Mil Viewers Thanks to “Black Panther,” Rami Malek Surprise Wins


Awards shows aren’t dead, after all. But it’s good news and bad news.

Sunday’s SAG Awards topped all cable shows that night. They pulled in about 2.7 million viewers divided between TBS and TNT, two channels most people think are the same. The amounts were evenly divided between channels.

The bad news is how far they’ve fallen since 2013 when the SAG Awards garnered 5.2 million fans. And 2.1 million of those were in the key demo. Six years, lots of erosion, many distractions.

The surprise wins for “Black Panther” and Rami Malek for Best Actor certainly helped. Plus the show had a breezy, economic feel to it. Megan Mullaly was a very good host.

What also helped this year was big box office movies like “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the mix.

The Oscars should take note. Also, if you add in musical performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, etc. that can only boost the audience.

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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