Sunday, May 26, 2024

Sunday Ratings: “Yellowstone” Avalanche Continues with 8 Mil Plus, “Curb, “Insecure” Stay Low But Loyal


Sunday TV ratings, it was all about football. Huge numbers all day. In the afternoon CBS got up over 24 million viewers, which led into “60 Minutes” having 9.3 million. Lesley Stahl‘s wine report got two segments, I hope everyone raised a glass!

“Yellowstone” is the story. Another 8 million-plus tuned into Kevin Costner‘s horse opera Sunday night on the Paramount channel. “Yellowstone” and its spin off, “1883,” with another 4.5 million, score higher than most network shows on weeknights. So giddy-up! If CBS shows the reruns this summer, they’ll have good numbers without expenses.

Over on HBO, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” finished the season with 450,000 viewers, about the average for the 11th season. The final episode was sheer genius, an Emmy magnet for sure. Tracey Ullman gets all praise for her supporting role, or guest role. It was nice to see Cheryl Hines but it’s hard to imagine her real world home life. The ending plot line– with the shoes, the Holocaust museum, and Larry ending up in the pool deserves Writers Guild awards.

Issa Rae wrapped up her “Insecure” series after 5 seasons, ending with 300K viewers. I really think she’s an enormous talent. I will miss her show and hope she has another one soon. The series had a happy ending, which these days is rare and was welcomed.

The HBO shows have loyal fans that’s for sure!

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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