Sunday, May 19, 2024

“SNL” with Benedict Cumberbatch, Arcade Fire Sets No Ratings Records


Yikes. I know “The Simpsons” isn’t getting ratings. But “SNL” is having its own troubles.

On Saturday they had the star of a movie that made $187 million over the weekend– Benedict Cumberbatch. They also have a beloved rock band, Arcade Fire. And still that did nothing to light up the TV sets.

Ratings for this past Saturday were 4.5 million, about average for the last few weeks and nothing special. Also, last year at this time Elon Musk hosted with Miley Cyrus as musical guest. The ratings were 7.2 million.

Overall, ratings are on a down trend since the season opener- 4.9 million– and highs of over 5 million during the winter.

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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