Saturday, June 15, 2024

“Will & Grace” Round 2 Ends Its Run with Highest Rating of Season But One Third of Its 2017 Premiere


“Will & Grace” is gone again.

Last night’s series finale scored 3.1 million viewers, their highest of this season. That’s about the same audience as a daily episode of “General Hospital.”

When the rebooted show debuted in the fall of 2017, they had just over 10 million viewers. After around 8 episodes they drifted down to around 4 million per episode, then a little less. But the demos were always good, and so was the publicity.Most of this season averaged 2 million or less, which is less than even “Days of our Lives.”

So they managed to squeeze out 52 more episodes to market with the old series. Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen will live on in syndication forever. In the final episode, Grace gave birth even though she’s about 75 years old by now. (Seriously, Debra Messing is 51.)  Everyone moved somewhere. Maybe they met up with the “Modern Family” cast on an island with a smoke monster.

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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