Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Sunday Ratings: “Yellowstone” Shows Fatigue, Drops by 760K Fans, “White Lotus” Ramps Up as the End Nears


I don’t watch “Yellowstone” on a regular basis so I don’t know if the story has taken a turn for the worse. But this Sunday, the ratings on the main Paramount channel dropped by 760,000 viewers from the previous week.

What happened? I don’t know. Keep in mind, “Yellowstone Season 5” through last week is number 1 in home viewing of all DVD and streaming. And the numbers on CMT, the other cable channel that carries it, were up. Is there general “Yellowstone” fatigue? Maybe. I guess we’ll see as the season proceeds.

Meantime, “White Lotus” had its sixth and penultimate episode. Numbers were about the same as the previous week– 684,000– on HBO, so that’s good news. HBO is doing a great job with publicity, there are stories everywhere about what will happen in this Sunday’s finale. My guess is that Daphne (Meghann Fahey) kills her horrible husband, Cameron (Theo James) and gets away with it.

My wild theory is that Daphne planted the condom wrapper to cause trouble with Ethan and Harper. Maybe Ethan kills Cameron in a blind rage. After all, the wrapper was left but not the condom? Daphne could have come in through the open adjoining door.

Who else dies? Maybe minor characters like Lucia’s pimp (or brother) at the hands of Albie, and definitely either the uncle or brother in the Jennifer Coolidge storyline. Coolidge will move on, probably without her absent husband, Greg, to season three.

Let’s hope season three gets back to the level of the first season, with more sympathetic characters and more story than just kink. These were seven brutal episodes!

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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