Sunday, March 3, 2024

Ratings: “The Idol” Down Again by a Notch to Paltry 133k Viewers on HBO Cable Channel


The perfectly gross HBO series, “The Idol” hit a new low on Sunday. The soft core porn series fell from 135K to 133k in its third week. The previous average in this time slot was 650,000 for Succession.

The show featured pop star The Weeknd in several sexually implicit scenes that I won’t describe in detail here. But the overall effect on his career is instant and extremely negative. His record sales have plummeted in the last three weeks. His fans are fighting with him on Twitter, calling out his lack of taste and extremely wooden acting.

Lily Rose Depp can at least act. But why she would put herself through this degradation is a mystery.

It’s unlikely HBO will order an other round of “The Idol.” But the full extent of the damage isn’t completely known yet. And if the sex scenes are already this X rated, where does it go from here?

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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