Saturday, May 18, 2024

TV Ratings: Independent Spirit Awards So Low, They Fail to Make Top 150 Cable Shows


There’s good news and bad news for the Independent Spirit Awards.

The broadcast last Saturday was a ratings disaster, with just 106,000 viewers. The key demo was just .03. Basically, almost no one watched them on IFC Channel. The show failed to make the top 150 cable shows on Saturday.

The good news is that this number was slightly up from last year’s 95,000. So that’s something.

Aubrey Plaza hosted the show. The winners included “If Beale Street Could Talk,” actors Glenn Close and Ethan Hawke. “Beale Street,” while an excellent film, hasn’t made much money and isn’t very high profile. Close and Hawke’s movies were also small. There wasn’t a huge audience for these films in the first place.

The Spirit Awards are down to just three sponsors. This year, Piaget dropped out.

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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