Having big stars paid off for “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.
Ratings rose again, this time up to 4.847 million, up from 4.6 million the prior week. It’s not great, but it’s better, and a continuing improvement.
You see? “SNL” gave us a legit movie star and music star in guest host Jake Gyllenhaal and Camila Cabello, not fringe people who you never heard of.
Jake was promoting “Ambulance,” a movie that more or less flopped. But Camila Cabello had two terrific performances that sent her new album and two singles to the top 10 on respective charts. Her song, “Bam Bam” really went over, but the second one, “Psychofreak,” was even a bigger success. In a weird turn of events, Willow Smith — daughter of Will and Jada — joined her on stage. This was directly after “Weekend Update” made fun of Will’s Oscar slap and Oscar suspension.
So now “SNL” moves on to Lizzo this week as host and performer. There’s a lot of her to go around.