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).


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