Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Ratings Buzz Kill: “SNL” with “Bridgerton” Star Regé-Jean Page, Bad Bunny, and Anti-Semitic Joke Not a Hit


Regé-Jean Page, the sexy star of “Bridgerton,” was supposed to pull in big ratings for “Saturday Night Live.”

With musical guest Bad Bunny, there were high hopes for a lift after last week’s 4.1 million.

Well, there was a lift, to 4.2 million. But that’s well below this season’s average, and last season’s as well.

If Regé-Jean had hit 4.4, there might have been celebrating. But this was a meh-showing for a current flash in the pan star.

Plus, there was Michael Che’s unwelcome anti-Semitic jokes.

“SNL” is not funny right now. They’ve abandoned politics post-election. I guess they don’t want to poke even gentle fun at Joe Biden or Kamala Harris, Trump is gone, and the show is adrift. The pedestrian sketches just aren’t making it. There’s not much going on with Kate McKinnon, either. Maybe everyone’s just burned out. It’s reflected in the ratings.

The only good laugh was in the cold open. And by the way, Kenan Thompson’s pilot, shown after “SNL” last night, was terrible.Poorly cast and written, and directed. Everyone mumbled and talked fast. Kenan is such a star, he deserves better casting around him. (Chris Redd excepted, he could have his own show.)

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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