Wednesday, April 24, 2024

World Series Game 5 Put a Big Dent in HBO Hit Series “Succession” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”


The World Series scored a home run Sunday night. Game 5 between the Braves and the Astros scored 13.6 million fans for Fox. We thought the Braves might take the Series Sunday night. They didn’t, which is why we’re back tonight for more.

But the Series caused HBO to strike out in the ratings. Both of their Sunday hit series, “Succession” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” suffered as a result.

“Succession” was off by 22% from the previous week. “Curb” was down by almost 16% in total viewers.

I’d say Halloween was involved, but I doubt anyone was trick or treating after 9pm. If they were, it wasn’t with children.

It’s possible delayed viewing will add numbers. I think a lot of fans, especially of “Succession,” will realize they missed a key episode and go find it on On Demand.

As for “Curb,” so far I’m hearing a little disappointment from fans about this season’s direction. We’ll wait and see what happens next week.


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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