Sunday, April 21, 2024

Ratings for “Genius Aretha” 2nd Night Drop by Almost 50%, Series Wraps Tonight with Arista Hits Chapter


The second night of “Genius: Aretha” was not as successful as the premiere.

Monday night numbers fell to 1.1 million total from 1.38 million on Sunday.

More frightening : the key demo number fell almost 50% from 2.1 to 1.1. That’s a steep drop in the number of people who watched ages 18 to 49. Those who left might have been the Cynthia Erivo fans who came in to hear her, then realized she wouldn’t be singing “Respect” or “Natural Woman.”

The series continues tonight at 9pm on Nat Geo for two hours. I will watch that last hour, which I haven’t seen yet. That has Aretha’s big Renaissance with Clive Davis and Arista Records. Fingers crossed, we’ll get some of those hits. I sure hope so! (I look forward to saying nice things around 11pm eastern).


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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