Tuesday, July 16, 2024

CBS’s “Yellowstone” Gambit Pays Off as Season 1 Reruns Score Like a Regular Network Hit


After “60 Minutes” last night, CBS began its Sunday “Yellowstone” marathon.

With all new shows on hold, CBS filled the space on Sundays with reruns of their Paramount Network show.

The gambit paid off. “Yellowstone” scored 7.87 million viewers in its first hour, then dropped to 5.82 million. That’s the size of a normal CBS Sunday night hit.

“Yellowstone” wasn’t going to do any better than that. Millions have seen it over and on Paramount and on DVD.

Last night’s episode was the first, from 2018. It played like a cable or streaming show, not a network show. The pacing was much more leisurely, the violence was far more pronounced, and there was sex scene that usually would not be seen in prime time.

I have actually never watched “Yellowstone” before last night, The highlights of the show are Kelly Reilly’s Beth and Luke Grimes’ Kayce Dutton. Wes Bentley’s character has potential. Kevin Costner’s John Dutton harumphed around a lot, I hope he improves in future episodes.

“Yellowstone” is no “Dallas.” There’s no sense of humor and the scenes are plodding. There’s also no thru-line yet except John Dutton being greedy for no reason. The Ewings battled but showed a lot of love, cracked wise, drank, and caroused with more enthusiasm. They also had the Bobby and Pam story, a Romeo and Juliet saga at the center. John Dutton really needs a boozing wife, but he’s a widower. God only knows what he did to his wife!

Roger Friedman
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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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