Saturday, June 15, 2024

HBO Mega Expensive Series Starring “The Idol” Wipes Out in Ratings with 232K Viewers


Breaking. “The Idol,” starring The Weeknd, opened to just 232K viewers on the HBO channel Sunday night.

More viewers will be claimed by HBO on streaming. The show was widely panned by reviewers for having mindless sex and no plot. Pop star The Weeknd was dubbed for having no acting talent.

The Idol is a rare misstep for HBO, home of cutting edge but quality shows. On Rotten Tomatoes, “The Idol” sits at 23%, which shows the enmity most reviewers had to the show. The public feels pretty much the same, citing The Weeknd’s bizarre appearances and the non stop vulgarity and coarseness.

Director Sam Levinson brought us “Euphoria,” a startling series about teens and their parents that includes sex, drugs and psychosis. But the “Euphoria” characters have hearts and souls, which is what makes it work. “The Idol” is just idle, with no real purpose except to titillate — but the come is so childish no one can take is seriously.

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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