Frank TV impresses 2.9 million
Following the strong ratings figures for Tyler Perry's House of Payne, which received that order for 10,000 episodes right off the bat, give or take 9,000, and the solid premiere of The Bill Engvall Show, TBS struck comedy gold again with Frank Caliendo's Frank TV. The late-night sketch/impression show scored an impressive 2.9 million viewers, according to Variety, with a not-surprising-at-all 64% of those in the coveted 18-49 demographic.
Caliendo, whose impressions include George W. Bush, the entire main cast of Seinfeld, Robin Williams and his signature John Madden, plays virtually every character on the show. His Bush is so dead-on, if the strike continues, he can just stand their and make Bush's classic expressions for thirty minutes. His half-smiles, smirks and squinchy eyebrows are enough to bring audiences to tears.
Five episodes were completed before the strike, which should give TBS a chance to see if it was a curiosity factor or if these figures are sustainable. My money's on Frank TV being a solid hit. Caliendo's brilliant with his impressions, fast-paced and funny. And everyone loves a good impression, how do you think Kevin Pollack has remained relevant, even though 95% of his repertoire are dead now. His whole schtick now consists of Christopher Walken and ... well, Christopher Walken.