Thursday, June 20, 2024

Sunday Ratings: Faithful Few Are Watching the End of “Walking Dead,” “Billions” At Half Viewership from 2020


Sunday night, 7.8 million people watched the desultory Emmy Awards. That doesn’t seem like much but things were worse on cable.

Over at AMC, “The Walking Dead” is on its last legs. Its final season began on August 22nd down 44% from the prior season, which wasn’t so great to begin with. But at least TWD started with 2.2 million fans sticking around. They’ve lost 300,000 viewers over the last five weeks. They’re not coming back.

It’s time to wrap this thing up and please, no more spin offs or specials. It’s done. Say goodbye. Sunday brought 1.9 million. This is a show that used to have 17 million on a Sunday night. They walked, they’re dead. That’s it.

On Showtime, “Billions” scored 312K viewers, down a bit from last week’s 392K.This is around half of what “Billions” was doing back in March 2020.

But at least both weeks were up from the disastrous first week of season 5.2 which is continuing from March 2020. This last episode was excellent, too, I don’t know why episode 2 viewers didn’t return. (I did think there would be more about the kidney donation, but there wasn’t. Too bad.) There was a tribute to the movie “Big Night.” Anyway, looking forward to this Sunday, as usual, even though the hybrid Tony Awards will be some kind of competition.

Showtime’s “American Rust” didn’t make the top 150 cable shows at 10pm. I watched it and really liked it. Highly recommended. A kind of “Mare of Easttown” 2.0. Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney, and Mark Pellegrino are all excellent. Is rural Pennsylvania really so drab and depressing? I guess so.

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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