Wednesday, June 12, 2024

“Saturday Night Live” Ratings Remain on the Low Side


“Saturday Night Live” is in a ratings decline and last night was no different. The household overnights were 3.7 million. Total viewers will come in not much higher.

The show itself was top notch, I thought. Jason Sudeikis was an amiable host with many clever sketches. His monologue was touching, and maybe designed to remind viewers how much the show has meant to our culture. (So start watching again was the subliminal message.)

Brandi Carlile was the best musical guest in ages. What a difference when the musical guest is musical. Her performances were knockouts, lovely, for the record books. What a soaring, gorgeous voice!

Kate McKinnon is still AWOL. And some of the newer players haven’t made their mark yet. But James Austin Johnson has jumped in as Biden and in other sketches hitting the ground running. It’s like he’s always been on the show.

But viewership just down by a million year to year.  The show needs an extra spark.


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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