Saturday, May 18, 2024

Ratings: “The Goldbergs” Returns Down 37% After Killing Off Jeff Garlin’s Murray (Instead of Using Stand Ins)


Fans of “The Goldbergs” were shitting shiva Wednesday night instead of watching the ABC comedy.

The show returned down more than 37% in the key demo and 30% in total audience from its finale last season. Total viewership was 2.5 million.

The reason, I’d say, was they killed off Jeff Garlin’s character, Murray, the center of the show and the only reason to watch it.

Garlin left “The Goldbergs” last January after there was a complaint from someone on the show about his backstage language or jokes or something. The show got woke and lost its audience.

For a while “The Goldbergs” pretended Murray was still around, and even used stunt doubles for him in a wedding episode.

But when season 10 picked up Wednesday night, Murray had been dead a while. That left the rest of his boring family.

Garlin will return next year in the 12th season of the much loved and awarded “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” where the backstage banter, I’m sure, is funnier than the outtakes of “The Goldbergs.”

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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