Sunday, June 16, 2024

Alec Baldwin’s Good and Bad Night: ABC Talk Show Sank to Under 1 Mil Viewers, But “SNL” Had Season High Ratings


It was a good night and a bad night for Alec Baldwin. His attempt to become ubiquitous on TV met with mixed results.

Alec’s talk show sank to under a million viewers, to 983K, last night. I think his guests were Kerry Washington and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. No one knows because no one watched. Earlier in the week, Alec hosted the Robert F. Kennedy dinner in New York, so you know, it’s not like the interview was considered journalism. Is anyone running ABC? Just asking.

Over on “SNL,” Alec — who is still awaiting a trial for allegedly punching a guy over a parking spot– opened the show as Donald Trump. The parody of “It’s a Wonderful Life” also featured host Matt Damon, Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro (who may all have been at the RFK dinner). It was very funny.  I’ll add the ratings, but they were probably a little higher thanks to the Pete Davidson suicide drama yesterday. (More on that in another post.)

They were: 4.8 million, a season high for “SNL” so far.

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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