Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ratings: Dwayne Johnson’s “Young Rock” Drops Like a Rock, Falls 13% as Show Cannot Sustain Audience


Dwayne Johnson may run for president, but not as a TV star.

His TV series, “Young Rock,” can’t sustain an audience.

Last night the NBC series dropped 13.8% after rising the previous week by just about the same amount. Only 2.62 million viewers tuned in last night.

The series, about Johnson’s early days and teen years before becoming The Rock, kicked off in February with 5.6 million fans. It immediately fell off by 32% the next week and just kept dropping– like a rock.

I can’t imagine why NBC would keep the show for another season. It’s had no traction and no uptick. The TV audience clearly isn’t interested in this story.

“Young Rock” was beaten soundly at 8pm by the Fox show “The Resident” and an “NCIS” rerun. “Young Rock” is also destroying its follow up show at 8:30, starring “SNL” veteran Kenan Thompson. “Kenan,” under 2 million, will likely also not be renewed. Thompson is no doubt frustrated. But NBC needs to give him a variety sketch show. The sitcom is not the place for him.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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