Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Ratings: Even Dwayne Johnson Can’t Lift “Young Rock” Above Dismal Numbers, “This Is Us” Finale Narrowly Edges “FBI: International”


It could have been a big night for NBC. “This Is Us” ended its teary six season run with 6 million viewers. The weeper narrowly edged out “FBI International” on CBS by 250,000 viewers.

But “This Is Us” was weighed down by a Rock– The Rock, actually. Dwayne Johnson guest starred with Randall Park on “Young Rock” but did nothing to help the show’s dismal numbers. “Young Rock” found only 2.26 million viewers and pulled NBC to a second place finish in overall viewers.

If Johnson couldn’t give “Young Rock” a boost maybe that should give someone a clue that this show has no audience. Dwayne Johnson is very popular in action movies, but his fame doesn’t translate to TV.

The only thing that saved NBC with a first finish in the key age group was “This Is Us.” The soap had the most younger viewers at 9pm. Otherwise, now that it’s over, and “Young Rock” persists into a new season, NBC will have to do something on Tuesday nights.

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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