John from Cincinnati Doesn't Draw A Big Crowd
HBO's new surfing drama, "John from Cincinnati," wasn't a total wipe-out, but the initial ratings do not look good. HBOs audience dropped 71% from "The Sopranos" series finale Sunday night to the next show, the premiere for David Milch's "John from Cincinnati, according to Broadcasting & Cable. http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6451173.html
An estimated 11.9 million people watched the end of "The Sopranos." Only 3.4 million tuned in for "John from Cincinnati," a 29% audience retention. "John from Cincinnati," starring Austin Nichols as a mysterious stranger altering the lives of a Southern California surfing family, takes over "The Sopranos" 9 p.m. Sunday time slot this weekend.
"The huge dropoff is not a good sign for the show," Broadcasting & Cable notes.
"The Sopranos" 11.9 million mark was higher than its season aveage (8.2 million), but 1.5 million short of the highest-rated episode (13.4 million for the 4th season premiere in September 2002), according to the Associated Press. Two other episodes drew more viewers -- the December 2002 4th season finale (12.5 million) and the 5th season premiere in March 2004 (12.1 million), AP says.