Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Tonight’s Ratings for “Game of Games” Will Be 1st Referendum on Ellen DeGeneres Since Scandal Broke Wide Open

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All eyes will be on the ratings tomorrow morning for tonight’s (Thursday’s) rerun on NBC of “Ellen’s Game of Games” show. It airs at 9pm.

This is the first referendum Ellen DeGeneres will face since the scandal of “toxic behavior” broke on her syndicated daily “Ellen Show.”

“The Ellen Show” has been reruns for most of July so its low ratings aren’t really important. If that show returns with new episodes on September 9th, believe me, those numbers will be scrutinized like never before.

But tonight’s “Game of Game Shows” is the first since May 12th. And even though it’s a rerun, this is the first time NBC can measure what if any damage has been done to DeGeneres regarding their investment in her.

The same producers accused of much malfeasance on the syndicated show produce this one, as well. The “Game of Game Shows” is a spin off of the talk show.

Tonight’s guest is singer Usher, who so far hasn’t said a word in DeGeneres’s defense. Some celebrities have, including Jay Leno, Ashton Kutcher, manager Scooter Braun, and singer Katy Perry.

But the reports of mental abuse, harassment and majpr unpleasantness backstage at “The Ellen Show” have been far reaching. They included complaints from TV stars Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson, as well as dozens of former employees.

The ratings for the May 12th “Game of Game Shows” were down from the previous week by 2.06%. The previous week’s ratings were down by 5.57%. The whole month of April showed the ratings sliding, one week by as much as 15%. Word was just starting to seep out then that there was trouble in the world of the talk show host. On March 24th the show had reached a season high of 6.2 million viewers. By May 13th, they were down to 3.9 million. Ouch!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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