'Claws' ends season with a ratings surge; 'Siesta Key' keeps tanking

If you’re a fan of “Siesta Key,” you’re part of a small group that’s getting smaller.

The non-scripted MTV series that follows a group of young adults who hang out in the Sarasota area didn’t garner huge ratings for its premiere and it’s been tanking ever since. It drew about 674,000 viewers for the first episode, then dropped about 10 percent for the second episode.

For the most recent airing, on Aug. 21, only 438,000 people watched. That means that about one of every three people who checked out the premiere of “Siesta Key” has dropped away just two weeks later.

On the other hand, “Claws,” the fictional TNT crime comedy/drama set in Palmetto, ended its first season with its ratings steadily rising. It’s a very plot-heavy show with a continuing story line and lots of characters, so the ratings spike indicates that people who didn’t start off with the show are making the effort to go back and catch up on the older episodes.

About one of every three people who checked out the premiere of “Siesta Key” has dropped away just two weeks later.

The last episode (the last of the season, that is; the show already has been renewed for s second season,) drew 1.57 million viewers, a quarter-million more than the week before. A lot of the increase seems to be from adult viewers under 50, which is what most advertisers seem to prefer.

Players Centre opens new studio

The Players Centre for Performing Arts (formerly called the Players Theatre, and popularly but erroneously called Sarasota Players) is gearing up to move out its old, musty home into some fancy new digs, and you’re invited to the grand opening of one of its new buildings.

The Arnold Simonsen Players Studio will welcome visitors for an open house during its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 9. The studio is at 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, and it looks really cool. It will be home to classes for all ages, from little kids on up, and during the open house you can get information on acting, singing and dancing classes, private lessons, workshops and performance groups.

Some of those groups (including a kids group, a teen group and a tap group for people older than age 50) are slated to stage performances in the studio in 2018.

Harley honors Allman

If you loved the music of the late Gregg Allman and you shared his affection for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, circle Sept. 8 on your calendar. Harley dealers around the country are holding simultaneous Midnight Riders rallies. It’s $ 20 to register, and some of the money will go to the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University.

Everyone who registers will get a digital download of “Southern Blood,” the last album that Allman recorded. (Allman, who once called Manatee County home, died on May 27.) The album is going to be released on Rounder Records on Sept. 8, the day of the Midnight Rider rallies.

Everyone who registers will get a digital download of “Southern Blood,” the last album that Gregg Allman recorded.

Every rally will feature a raffle, with giveaways including CDs, DVDs, and vinyl LPs, including a limited edition 10-inch vinyl picture disc featuring three live performances from 2014’s “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman” tribute concert.

The not-so-great news is that the closest rally is in Fort Myers. The Harley people say they may add more locations later, but Fort Myers isn’t too far, and if you have a Harley, you probably love riding it.

You can register at greggallman.shop.redstarmerch.com/store.

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Craig Ballantyne

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