Sunday, June 16, 2024

“SNL” Ratings: Elon Musk Hosted Show Lifts The Numbers By 1.2 Million Viewers to 4.8 Mil, A Healthy Increase


The Elon Musk hosted episode of “Saturday Night Live” was a ratings hit. Not explosive, but good enough after a miserable few monnths.

The show been mired in low numbers for the last several weeks, bringing in just 3.6 million viewers a week. Reports of a season average of 9 are correct but misleading. The bigger numbers from last week fall during the election inflates the average.

The 4.8 in households is tied for the third highest telecast of the season, behind only the Nov. 7 Dave Chappelle-hosted episode and the Oct. 3 season premiere hosted by Chris Rock.

Musk performed admirably on the show. He was self-effacing and fun. I know some people were angry that he was the host, but the show needed a jolt and that was perfect.

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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