Monday, April 15, 2024

Ratings: The People’s Choice Awards Lost To “Facts of Life”/”Diff’rent Strokes” Live Reboot


Did anyone care the People’s Choice Awards were on NBC last night? No. The ridiculous, low level competition for D celebrities and below fetched just 3.22 million viewers, about what a soap opera gets during the day. (I didn’t even remember it was on.) It’s a stupid show, and it’s time to get rid of it.

The People’s Choice was beaten handily by “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” which featured A list actors recreating “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes.” The live presentation was clever, smart, and fun — all the things The People Choice isn’t.

Still NBC won the night because “The Voice,” which preceded the awards show, scored around 6.6 million. And counterbalanced, the ABC sitcom that followed “Live,” called “Abbott Elementary,” about teachers in an elementary school, dropped to 2.79 million. Why in the world would you put a show about teachers in a K-6 school on at 9:30pm? Huh? Aren’t kids all asleep at that hour? Wasn’t that the time for something sophisticated? I mean, in network terms?


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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