Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Rebound: “SNL” Scored High Ratings with “West Side Story” Star Ariana DeBose and the Bleachers


“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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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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