Friday, April 19, 2024

Dwayne Johnson, Movie Star, Still Can’t Find TV Audience with “Young Rock” as Ratings Drop on Return


In movies, The Old Rock is a big star.

Dwayne Johnson is a box office draw, that’s for sure, in movies like “Jungle Cruise” or a Fast and Furious.

But on TV, “Young Rock” can’t find an audience.

On Monday night, “Young Rock” returned for its second season and floundered like a fish out of water. Total viewers were just 2.5 million. That was down over 16.7% from the show’s last outing, which was a one off in December. They key demo was down just as much.

“Young Rock” was not a hit in its first season, but it’s produced and distributed by NBC and Universal Television. They own it, and by god, they’re going to make it a hit or die trying!

But 2.5 million is a very weak number for a sitcom about one of movie’s biggest stars. It’s about half the audience of CBS’s new “Ghosts” and a third of “Young Sheldon.” A full spring season of these numbers aren’t going to work. My guess, “Young Rock” will start looking pretty old to advertisers soon.

Johnson’s next movie is “Black Adam,” which features actor Uli Latukefu, who plays Young Rock in the series. “Black Adam” is now set for release on October 21st. By that time, “Young Rock” may be all rocked out.

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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