Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Ratings: Showtime’s Last Failure is Making Sure “Billions” Has No Viewers, Off 30% in Final Season


Showtime is almost completely gone. It will soon become part of the Paramount Channel.

Never big on promotion, the last act for Showtime is to kill of “Billions” unceremoniously.

The terrifically written, acted, and directed drama should have won dozens of Emmys. But it has none because Showtime never did anything for it.

In the last few months, there’s been talk that spin offs like “Millions,” “Trillions,” and “Zillions” will be spun off.

But why bother? In its final season, “Billions” is off 30% from season 6. It’s averaging 222K viewers per week. If that were converted into a pulse, the patient would be dead.

The sad part is that “Billions” this season is better than ever. Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, David Constabile, Corey Stoll — they’re all on their game. Damian Lewis is on the edges again as Bobby Axelrod. Jeffrey DeMunn should get an Emmy Award. “Billions” was the original “Succession,” and it’s held up right to the end.

New episodes drop on Fridays.

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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