Friday, June 21, 2024

“Young Rock” Will Be Cancelled Soon as Ratings Hit Rock Bottom, Dwayne Johnson Rescues Show’s Star for Movie


On Tuesday night, “Young Rock,” the series about Dwayne The Rock Johnson’s younger years, hit rock bottom in the ratings. The show fell to its season low, just 2.4 million viewers. That was a 9.35% drop from last week.

Johnson obviously knows the show will be cancelled. He’s rescued the star of “Young Rock” for a new movie. Deadline is reporting that Johnson has cast Uli Latukefu, the actor who plays him during his college years, for “Black Adam,” coming from DC/New Line Pictures. He can’t star in that movie and in a new season of “Young Rock.”

But sadly, “Young Rock” has rolled. They’ve lost 50% of their audience from the first week of the run. Moss is growing on this rock. It’s time to say goodbye, but not to Uli, who has a long career ahead of him playing Johnson.

The “Young Rock” failure was a blow to Kenan Thompson’s “Kenan,” which also fell to its lowest numbers on Tuesday, just 1.8 million. Thompson must be disappointed that this wasn’t his ticket out of “Saturday Night Live.” I am, too. But he needs a variety show and not to be strapped into inane sitcom jokes. Or just get better writers.

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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