Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Betty White New Year’s Redux “SNL” Ratings About a Quarter of Original Showing in 2010


When Betty White first hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2010 there was still a TV audience and a culture. She has also had 1 million people who’d signed a petition to get her on the late night classic. the result was 12 million viewers.

Those days are long ago. Since then, the culture has been eaten by dozens of other distractions including streaming platforms. So we didn’t expect a huge number for the Betty White redux re-showing of that episode on New Year’s Day night. Actually, the number wasn’t bad.

The 12 year old episode managed to find 3.1 million viewers, about a quarter of the original. The show was much raunchier and less political than the current version. Actually it was very raunchy. I was surprised looking at it now. But we’re in a timid period in comedy thanks to everyone being “woke” and politically correct.

It was instructive looking back. Jay Z seemed mystified about why he was there, and in awe of White. Whatever happened to Jay Z? And whatever happened to the guy he performed with, named Mr. Hudson? Did he fall into the Hudson?

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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