Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Saturday Night Live” Dropped by a Million Viewers with Simu Lui and Saweetie Combo Last Week


You could see this coming.

This last weekend, Saturday Night Live took a big big hit in the ratings. The 47 year old comedy show dropped by a million viewers after two weeks at 5.7 and 5.8 million respectively for shows featuring music superstars Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.

With “Shang Chi” star Simu Liu hosting and Saweetie as musical guest, “SNL” came in with just 4.7 million viewers. That’s not overnight, the number includes delayed viewing.

Even though “Shang Chi” was a big hit with Marvel fans, I don’t think the general audience had any idea who he was. (And he was very good on the show, too.) Saweetie is just nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist. She isn’t a draw yet despite being talented. So the combo, especially after Sheeran and Swift, was deadly for numbers.

“SNL” is off until December 11th when they return with Billie Eilish hosting and as musical guest. That’s a lot of Billie Eilish. The following week comes Paul Rudd, from “Ghostbusters,” a little late really although maybe Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd will show up. The musical guest is Charlie XCX, who is very five years ago I think.

As for the show itself, everyone’s doing great work. Cecily Strong has really been the star of the show for weeks. James Austin Johnson is the hot newcomer with his impersonations. Isn’t Chris Redd a superstar? But when is Kate McKinnon returning? Enough already with “Joe Exotic.”


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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