Home Television Rebound: “SNL” Scored High Ratings with “West Side Story” Star Ariana DeBose...

“Saturday Night Live” and NBC should be pretty happy.

Ratings for Saturday’s show with “West Side Story” star Ariana DeBose and musical guest The Bleachers were very strong. The show scored just over 5 million viewers. That’s a big rebound after a kind of desultory season.

The show just announced that movie star Willem Dafoe will host the January 28th edition, and superstar Katy Perry will perform. And that’s not even yet part of February sweeps. It’s unclear if there will be “SNL” in February because of the Olympics.

Meantime, “SNL” writer Steven Castillo has left the show to pursue other projects (See below).

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