Friday, June 21, 2024

Ratings: Biden Inaugural Concert Special Scores on Every Broadcast Network, Handily Beats Fox Shows


Fox TV gambled and lost last night.

They were the only network that didn’t show the Biden Inaugural special from 8 to 10pm featuring Tom Hanks, an array of stars, and a rare appearance by three former presidents. Instead they had “The Masked Dancer” and “Name that Tune.”

And they lost the ratings night. Every other network beat them, handily.

Fox had 2.7 million older viewers for the main 90 minutes, from 8:30 to 10pm.

ABC and NBC had about 4 million apiece. CBS averaged around 3 million.

Numbers aren’t in yet for cable, but MSNBC, CNN, and CNBC should be good, too.

Will Fox continue to make their brand of partisan politics take precedent over common sense? Now their right wing mentality has seeped into the entertainment side of the company. Stockholders, take note!


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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