Thursday, July 18, 2024

“Saturday Night Live” Craters to Lowest Ratings Ever with 3.5 Million Despite Olivia Rodrigo Singing “Driver’s License”


Saturday Night Live fell 27% from last week to its lowest ratings ever, just 3.5 million last night.

That’s a disaster but the show was terrible despite a very talented host, Keegan Michael Key, and a teen singing sensation, Olivia Rodrigo.

Rodrigo sang her novelty hit, “Driver’s License,” but it had no sales bounce on iTunes. The song is turgid in reality. Rodrigo is pretty and delivers material well, but this stuff won’t make a career.

Key really had problems with poorly written material. The show had some of the worst sketches I’ve ever seen. I doubt many people stuck with it beyond Weekend Update.

Next week finishes the season with Anya Taylor Joy and Lil Nas X. Then we’ll see who re-signs for next season. Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong are at the point where they should launch on their own, but there may be no place to go. Lorne Michaels should get them their own sitcom already.

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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