Sunday, June 16, 2024

Surprise! Super Popular Korean Pop Group BTS Was a Huge Ratings Downer for “Saturday Night Live,” Gave Show Season Low


Well, who could have guessed this?

We’ve been told over and over that Korean boy band BTS was the cat’s pajamas, the biggest thing since the Beatles. So their appearance on “Saturday Night Live” should have been a ratings firecracker.

Uh, no.

Instead, “SNL” ratings were at a season low on Saturday night. According to “In late-night, the Emma Stone-hosted episode of “Saturday Night Live” posted a 3.9 rating in metered-market households, and a 1.5 in adults 18-49, down from the 4.4 and 1.7 ratings that the Kit Harington-hosted episode had scored the previous Saturday. Last night’s episode also marked a new season low for “SNL” in the metered-market households, and tied its 18-49 season low.”

American kids are less interested in BTS than thought. What’s really interesting is that BTS’s Friday takeover of the iTunes chart dissipated just as fast. After placing 7 tracks in the top 10 on Friday morning, BTS is now mostly gone. Did they game iTunes in some way? If so, this isn’t the first time that happened.

As for “SNL,” they can’t say BTS fans were too young to stay up to see them on the show. But it does seem like the BTS phenom is over-rated, or maybe, orchestrated. In any case, they did “SNL” no favors. Me, I’d have rather have a BLT. Or BTO.

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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