Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Showtime’s “The Comey Rule” Was a Ratings Bust with Less Half a Million Viewers and an 8 Percent Drop for Second Night


Showtime’s “The Comey Rule” about disgraced and befuddled former FBI director, James Comey, was a ratings bust.

The two part show on Sunday and Monday nights got fewer viewers than the farm report. Night 1 was 415,000. Night 2 was 381.000. That’s an 8 percent drop. No one cared how it all worked out.

This was despite an all star cast with Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Trump, Holly Hunter as Sally Yates, and Scoot McNairy, Michael Kelly, Brian D’Arcy James, Jennifer Ehle all doing great work.

The problem is, no one likes Comey. Republicans and Democrats see him as a fool who betrayed both sides. If Comey hadn’t made those ridiculous statements about Hillary Clinton’s emails four years ago, we’d have had lived a very different life. He is largely responsible for the horror film our lives have become.

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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