Ratings for CBS' Annual Kennedy Center Honors Hit All-Time Low
30 Dec 2013
Ratings for the Annual Kennedy Center Honors — which, this year, celebrated opera singer Martina Arroyo; pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock; pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel; actress Shirley MacLaine; and musician and songwriter Carlos Santana — hit an all-time low, according to Deadline.com.
According to Deadline.com, the 36th annual ceremony, which was broadcast on CBS Dec. 29 at 9 PM ET, drew a 0.9 demo rating — down 36 percent from last year when it aired on a Wednesday (as opposed to this year's timeslot, competing with Sunday Night Football).
Produced by George Stevens, Jr. and Michael Stevens, the Dec. 8 evening at The Kennedy Center Opera House featured performers from New York, Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees accepted the thanks of their peers through performances and tributes.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.