Monday, April 15, 2024

Kennedy Center TV Audience Grows by 1 Million Viewers with U2, George Clooney, Gladys Knight, Amy Grant


The push to get the audience numbers up for the Kennedy Center Honors paid off last night.

Ratings were just over 5 million total, and that’s an increase from last year by about 1 million. The key demo was the same as last year, 0.4.

The audience came for the inductees which included a mega rock band, U2, an R&B goddess, Gladys Knight. a country superstar Amy Grant. Then there was also George Clooney, beloved movie and TV star who’s had a big hit all fall with “Ticket to Paradise.”

So this was a payoff, the first real TV hit for the producers and Kennedy Center since they forced George Stevens, Jr. out after 37 years. (He’s the one who deserves an honor, btw.)

So who’s still not in? Burt Bacharach, which is criminal; Jane Fonda, absolutely; the Rolling Stones, who keep dodging the honors; Clive Davis (now that Berry Gordy is in, Clive should be next), and Denzel Washington.

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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