Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Foot Fetish Flops: House of the Dragon Ratings Take Precipitous Fall Down Another 200,000


The big foot fetish scene from “House of the Dragon” didn’t boost ratings. If anything, it hurt them.

Sunday night’s episode turned up just 1.55 million viewers. That’s down 200,000 from last week and 300,000 from the previous week.

What’s going on? At least on the main HBO channel, fans are giving up. The show is dark and hard to watch, yes, as far as the lighting goes. But the show is ‘dark’ in the sense that there is no fun, plots have zoomed by, all the actors but one or two have changed. (I do not understand how Criston Cole remains the same age while everyone else has gotten older.) The show is confusing, it’s hard to know who to root for.

As The “House of the Dragon” comes to a season close it should have increased viewing or at least remained stable. And it’s not football that hurt it. I hope producers are thinking about next season so it’s not just a bloodbath war every week.

By the way, if you go to Leslie Jones’s Twitter feed her commentary is hilarious and right on the money.

PS The foot fetish? Don’t get me started.

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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