Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ratings: SAG Awards Brought in Around 1 Million Viewers Sunday Night in Short, Sweet 1 Hour Special


The ratings for the awards shows don’t matter anymore.

The SAG Awards cooked up about 1 million viewers across all platforms and showings on Sunday night. It’s not a lot but it was a short show with little entertainment value. It was just a matter of getting it over with.

SAG Awards did around 505K on TBS, 452K on TNT at 9pm. It was over in an hour. When it was repeated at 11pm on TNT it picked up another 179,000. If there were other showings on their networks, the audience was minimal.

What does it mean for the Oscars? Nothing. SAG was all Zoom, it was very much for the trade, “inside baseball” and all that. The Academy Awards are a big entertainment. But few people have seen this year’s movies. The Oscars will score around 10 million, if lucky, and be happy with that.

That doesn’t diminish the movies this year or the people who made them. It was just a bizarre year.

But PS, the opening sketch with Ted Lasso didn’t help bring in eyes. It was an off putter of every kind. Note to Oscars: the opening has to pull people in, not drive them away. Don’t make it obscure. Please don’t make “Tenet” jokes at the top of the show. Everyone will leave.

Roger Friedman
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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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