Friday, May 24, 2024

“SNL” Ratings Stuck at All Time Low as Kid Cudi Wears Dress, Sells No Records, Carey Mulligan Forgets “Promising Young Woman”


“Saturday Night Live” ratings remained stuck last night at the all time low of 3.6 million. They were the same as the last couple of weeks, quite bad and for a reason: the show was mystifying.

Musical guest Kid Cudi wore a floral print dress during one number. He said later it was a tribute to Kurt Cobain. The message was lost. Since last night, no one has purchased a Kid Cudi record on any platform. There was no sales bump from the appearance. It’s very unusual but after his “SNL” appearance there isn’t one Kid Cudi record on the iTunes top 100 or on the Spotify top 50 streaming.

More to the point, host Carey Mulligan was supposed to be promoting her film, “Promising Young Woman.” She never even mentioned it. There was no reference to it whatsoever. Universal only ran a commercial for the film at the very end of the show. So much for her Oscar chances.

There were good, if not great, sketches: the World War II thing, the “Star Trek” parody, and Bowen Yang stole the show as the iceberg that sank the Titanic. But overall, “SNL” is in a deep funk.

Now we get a couple of weeks of reruns before May sweeps and the end of the season.

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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