Monday, April 22, 2024

Showtime’s Roger Ailes- Fox News Series “Loudest Voice” Gets 356K Viewers, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” Eyes 1.8 Million


Showtime’s Roger Ailes-Fox News series, “Loudest Voice” improved a bit in the ratings on Sunday night. The show rose from 299K to 356K in direct viewing on Showtime at 10pm. Fifty seven thousand more viewers aren’t hugely significant. But maybe the 9-11 theme of the show caught some of the “City on a Hill” crowd that preceded. “City on a Hill” only had 411K viewers, but the show runs almost its whole hour so people could have stuck around.

Who knows? I said my piece yesterday about “Loudest Voice.”

Meanwhile, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” is huge with 1.8 million fans at 9pm. It’s not “Game of Thrones,” but it’s BIG, those little lies. The plot is a recycle from “The Young and the Restless,” but the plot doesn’t matter. It’s characters, the actors, the writing. Who doesn’t love this war between Meryl Streep’s Mary Louise and Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline. Classic soap opera. Although I still haven’t gotten over Nicole Kidman’s Celeste slapping Mary Louise, who replied, “Is that your idea of foreplay?”

A third season? So easy. Because now they’ve established the characters, their backstories, they can go on and do anything. These producers can get at least one more season out of this all -star cast. Let’s hope they do five!


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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