Monday, May 20, 2024

Adele-Oprah Special Drew 10.3 Million Viewers, Closely Followed by “Yellowstone” on Cable



The Adele-Oprah special on CBS was a big hit. The show hit 10.3 million viewers and was the top entertainment show for the night on broadcast TV. The only programming that beat it was NFL football and “60 Minutes” preceding.

“One Night Only” was closely followed by “Yellowstone” on cable’s Paramount Network with 7.4 million viewers.

Over on HBO, “Succession” rose to 584,000 viewers, a big leap from the previous three weeks. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” also really improved, up to 527,000 after a couple of weeks in the 300K range.

The Oprah-Adele special was kind of a doorstop the way it was set up, not really a concert but pieces of one broken up by insipid interview questions about Adele’s divorce. It was as if Oprah never met anyone who’d been divorced. Adele’s hits were great, and Ben Winston’s production made the Griffith Observatory glow. But Adele’s new songs are like sleeping pills.

Anyway, Mission Accomplished.

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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