Friday, March 1, 2024

Sunday Ratings: Cable’s “Yellowstone” Most Watched Show on TV, “Succession,” “Curb” Level Out


Sunday night ratings were all about football, football, football. NBC brought in over 17 million viewers and Fox had 13 million-plus.

If you weren’t watching football on Sunday night it’s likely you were tuned in to cable to see “Yellowstone” on the Paramount Channel. This is not the same thing as Paramount Plus. It’s a cable channel. I don’t even know where it is! But someone does, because 7.2 million people watched Kevin Costner saddle up on Sunday night.

“Yellowstone” is so popular that it was the most-watched non-sports or news show on TV or cable on Sunday night.

It’s so popular that no one watches anything else. On HBO, “Succession” leveled off to 613,000 viewers at 9pm. At 10:30, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” came in at 423,000. In between, also at 9pm, the “Dexter” revival on Showtime had 549,000. Those are about average for scripted dramas on HBO and Showtime for Sundays at that hour.

PS The “Succession” season finale airs this Sunday at 9pm, and something bad is going to happen to someone, possibly J Smith-Cameron’s Geri. I hope not. But J indicated as much in an interview last week.

HBO Max, not HBO, starts with the new “Sex and the City” Thursday. Since HBO Max doesn’t give numbers, we won’t know if the show is a hit except from viewer reactions.

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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