Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Good News: “SNL” Bounces Back with Jerrod Carmichael, Gunna Episode, Increases Audience


You never know how things will play out.

This weekend’s “SNL” with Jerrod Carmichael and Gunna was a hit. The show drew 4.6 million viewers, up nicely from the last two installments at 4.4 and 4.3 million.

The numbers are still way down from a year ago at this time, by a million viewers. But that’s the way it goes these days. All numbers are down for everything.

There was a lot of interest in how the show would handle the Will Smith slap. They addressed head it on in several sketches and it worked. The slap, you see, is news we can grasp. It’s not the horrific Ukraine war, or the never ending pandemic. It’s personal, human, and intimate.

This Saturday we get Jake Gyllenhaal and Camilla Cabello. Jake’s “Ambulance,” opens on Friday, so he’s got that to promote. Last night his co-star, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, said on Jimmy Kimmel he’d come along for the ride. So it should be a good show. And Camilla will be a big draw.

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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