Thursday, May 30, 2024

“Grease” Was Not the Word: CBS Sunday Night Sing-a-long Replacement for Tony Awards Beaten by…Celebrity Family Feud


“Grease” was not the word Sunday night.

CBS’s answer to not having the Tony Awards was a sing-a-long to the movie “Grease,” based on a bad musical that never ever won a Tony Award. A lot of people in the theater community were angry, and rightly so.

So what happened? Not a lot of people wanted to sing-a-long. “Grease” was beaten by a game show. ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” found 5.7 million viewers at 8pm. “Grease” lost the next hour, at 9pm by a notch, and regained a slight win at the 10pm hour over ABC’s “Match Game” by about half a million viewers.

CBS could have tried at least to do something to honor the Tony Awards. Maybe they were mad because last year’s Tonys hit a ratings low. But “Grease” didn’t even come near those ratings. So much for that. At least the 2019 Tonys scored over 5 million viewers. And this year probably would have been a lot better, with performances from “Tina!” and “Moulin Rouge,” among other new shows.

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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