Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Trump Defeats Clinton– At Least in “Saturday Night Live” Ratings as A Lot of People Hate-Watch


TRUMP DEFEATS CLINTON– Well, this is a headline Donald Trump probably dreams about. It came true last night as his “Saturday Night Live” episode beat Hillary Clinton’s from six weeks ago. According to tvbythenumbers, Trump took a 6.6/16 in households and in adults 18-49, the episode drew a 2.7 rating, tops for the show since February 2014.

Face it, a lot of people hate watched just to see what Trump would do to offend some racial group. He didn’t do anything. But his mere presence, and lack of respect for literally anyone in the world, is puerile.

This bested Hillary Clinton’s otherwise excellent ratings from the season opener when Miley Cyrus was host and musical guest.

Trump’s big ratings didn’t do a lot for musical act Sia, who is at number 17 on iTunes. I liked her songs but her performance art and masks are really obscuring the music at this point. It’s big unnecessary distraction.

Trump himself added little to the show. He even absented himself from a sketch by “live-Tweeting.” That sketch and a few others were duds, frankly. The taped pieces did the best. And anything of course with Kate McKinnon.

Lorne Michaels is still the smartest guy in TV. He knew bringing Trump in would boost ratings. And coming up Michaels has Adele at Radio City, and then on “SNL.” He’s got the world on a string, as Sinatra sang.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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