Tuesday, July 23, 2024

“Saturday Night Live” Scores Second Highest Season Premiere Since 2012 with Anti-Trump, Kavanaugh Material,

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“Saturday Night Live” scored huge ratings last night.

The comedy program had its second highest season premiere since 2012. In metered Nielsen markets that had a 4.8.

In the key demo “SNL” did an impressive 2.3– which means half their audience as between 18 and 49.

The show had a killer opening, with Matt Damon playing beleaguered Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh. He was hilarious, as were Kate McKinnon as squirrel like Lindsey Graham and Aidy Bryant as prosecutor for hire Rachel Mitchell.

Later in the show, McKinnon was a hoot as Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The whole show was spot on with the exception of Kanye West, who was brought on at the last minute to replace Ariana Grande. The latter pop star wasn’t emotionally ready after the death of her ex-fiancee Mac Miller, and a lot of other upheaval.

Donald Trump made a disparaging Tweet about “SNL” after the show, but the ratings clearly show he was outnumbered.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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