Monday, May 20, 2024

TV: BET Awards on CBS Fizzle, Lose Two-Thirds of “60 Minutes” Audience But Jennifer Hudson Stole the Show


The BET Awards were more about quality than quantity went it came to ratings last night.

The show averaged 2 million viewers from 8 to 11pm, which means a fewer number of people watched than see CBS’s soap operas.

“60 Minutes” scored 7.4 million viewers from 7 to 8pm. Two thirds of those people bailed when the BET Awards began. The awards show had 2.4 million people for the 1st hour, 1.7 million and then 1.6 million.

The game shows on ABC and reruns of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC did a lot better.

I found the BET Awards so interesting and well produced, I’m sorry it didn’t have more of an audience. Kudos to CBS for having it on in the first place.

The show introduced a new clip from the Aretha Franklin movie starring Jennifer Hudson. JHud is on her way to another Oscar nomination and possible win. One interesting tidbit from the new clip is that screenwriter Callie Khouri has been restored to the writing credits as “Story by.” She was the original screenwriter, than director Liesl Tommy replaced her with her own writing partner, Tracey Scott Wilson. But I guess there was some kind of negotiation that put Khouri back into the credits.

 JHud also performed on the show, one of Aretha’s old songs that she covered from Nina Simone– “Young, Gifted, and Black.” It was a show stopper, of course. The movie “Respect” will be out for Christmas, we hope.

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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