Monday, June 24, 2024

TV: “Blackish” Goes Out with a Whimper, NBC Has No Monday Night Viewers


Ratings, ratings, ratings!

“Blackish” wrapped up 8 award winning classy seasons last night on ABC. It went out with a whimper, I’m afraid. Just 2.4 million million watched the show end its run.

But look, it’s all good. “Blackish” made real stars out of Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. It launched Kenya Barris, and had spin offs. “Blackish” was the rare network comedy to get Emmy nominations. Its legacy is preserved. And there would be no “Abbott Elementary” without it.

Over on NBC, Mondays are bleak. Absolutely no one is watching “American Song Contest” or “Endgame.” The former is hosted by Kelly Clarkson, dressed like a sofa, and Snoop Dogg, who has no idea where he is. The latter is one of those mystery generic NBC shows no one watches or realizes is on television.

On Monday, the pair of shows averaged 1.5 million viewers all night. That’s about 4 million less than everything else on the other networks including “American Idol.” Why NBC would put a singing show on against “Idol” is anyone’s guess. Masochism? With ABC plotting the return of Monday Night Football, NBC might think about putting on some actual shows to replace these.

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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