Sunday, May 26, 2024

“Saturday Night Live” Ratings with Seth Meyers and Paul Simon: Up in Audience, and Also in Older Folks (Like You and Me)


“Saturday Night Live” was up last night in total audience, so that’s a good thing. And, actually, it’s all good news.

People like you and me tuned in more than people say, thirty years old. That’s ok, too.

The reason was to see Paul Simon make his 9th appearance on the show, on the occasion of his 77th birthday. His two performances with the Juilliard grads called Y Music were better than just about anything on “SNL” in eons.

The other reason to tune in was Seth Meyers, who had a funny monologue and appeared in more sketches than he ever did when he was on the show back in the day. The whole episode was an A show, with lots of Kenan Thompson– always good news– no Mikey Day (hello?), and not enough Kate McKinnon.

Total audience was 4.4 million, key demo was 1.5. It seemed like someone– Columbia Records?– made an actual commercial for Paul Simon’s newest album, “In the Blue Light.” Maybe they could buy time during other appropriate shows. Up til last night I’d never seen any support for that album.

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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