Friday, April 19, 2024

Rock Hall Show Scores Half Million Viewers, American Music Awards Same as 2020 Low


What will make the January 30th Grammys show a hit? One word: Adele. At least, if Adele and Taylor Swift perform, and they will, the rating should be healthy.
They weren’t healthy for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show on HBO Saturday night. A total of 518,000 people watched. Of that 100,000 were in the key age demo 18 to 49. It’s no surprise. The RRHOF is for older people. When you have legends like Tina Turner, Carole King et al and Paul McCartney leading the finale, of course the viewership would skew older.

On Sunday night, the American Music Awards, the B list Grammys, had about 4 million viewers. That’s the same as last year which was an all time low for the AMAs. It’s cheesy show, so this also nothing new. And no big artists performed because they save it for the Grammys. But on the plus side, at least the ratings didn’t drop any lower!

On Sunday the big hit again was “Yellowstone” on cable’s Paramount Network, with 7.4 million viewers. If Viacom would allow CBS to have to have a “Yellowstone” special of some kind on the main network, then a parade would go up West 57th St. “Yellowstone” itself on CBS would be getting 12 million viewers a 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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