Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Rival Networks Brace for “Game of Thrones” Finale: Showtime Gives “Billions” A Rest, “American Idol” Will Declare Winner Even If No One Watches, CBS Puts on New Show

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The networks are bracing themselves for the series finale of “Game of Thrones” next Sunday at 9pm.

Tonight, “Thrones” killed off two main characters and a few minor ones. But the two that died show anything can happen in the finale. All eyes will be on HBO in that hour. The ratings should set a record to see who sits on the Iron Throne. (My guess: Arya.)

Showtime, HBO’s chief competitor on cable, has made a smart move. They’re giving their best show, “Billions,” the week off. New episodes will return the next week. “Billions” has been holding its own with around 760,000 viewers each week. With “Thrones” gone, their numbers could increase in their their last three showings.

NBC will offer Ellen Degeneres’s game show to anyone who’s not watching “Thrones.”

CBS has a new series, “The Red Line,” fro 8 to 10pm.  Season 5 of “Madam Secretary” ended a couple of weeks ago. “The Red Line” is filler, basically.  Last week, “Red Line” had just 3.8 million viewers. That’s less than a daily episode of “The Young and the Restless.”

ABC is taking the biggest risk. They’re airing the season finale of “American Idol.” The winner will be revealed. Only, will anyone be watching? “Idol” numbers are already in decline. This won’t help.

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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