Saturday, April 20, 2024

Sunday Cable: “People’s Choice” Awards Loses to HBO’s “The Undoing” and Many Others with Just 1 Million Viewers over 3 Networks


The low-end, inexplicable “People’s Choice” Awards was not much of a ratings grabber on Sunday.

The show, which was principally on the E! channel, brought in just over 1 million viewers. The irony is that it was shown on three networks and got its highest ratings on Bravo, not E!.

“People’s Choice Awards” was beaten soundly by many other cable offerings, starting with HBO’s “The Undoing,” which edged it out at 1.222 million viewers just on HBO. “The Undoing” is a big hit despite snooty reviewers and pseudo philosophers poo-pooing it. I’ll tell you what, if you don’t like “The Undoing,” you’re in trouble.

The “PCAs” as they were known on social media were like a walk through your local Kohl’s after the liquidation sale. NBC Comcast owns E! so their shows won a lot of awards and were heavily promoted. As in all previous iterations, anyone who showed up for the People’s Choice was handed an award. Everyone’s in on it. It was nice to see Tracee Ellis Ross get what seemed like a half-hour fashion tribute, however.

You can tell Ellen DeGeneres must be scared about her ratings. She came and accepted an award for Best Talk Show with a Toxic Staff. I’m not sure if the episode that won was “Dakota Johnson Tells Ellen Off.” Still a favorite.



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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