Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ratings: “SNL” Drops More with Selena Gomez, Post Malone, No Pete Davidson and Lame Opening

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It’s not an easy time for “Saturday Night Live.”

This weekend’s installment dropped again, to 4.4 million, below their seasonal average.

Last year at this time, the total viewers were 4.785 million. Last week was over 4.5 million.

When the show announced the combination of Gomez and Malone, my first reaction was this will be a big show. Two huge music stars, although Gomez — campaigning for an Emmy nomination for “Only Murders in the Building” — wasn’t going to sing.

And she didn’t, unfortunately, And Post Malone, especially in his first of two songs, was strangely awful.

So was the lame “Cold” opening, which was cringe-worthy.

The whole show was at best a “C.” Why has there been no announcement about Pete Davidson, who left the show weeks ago? His indie film wrapped a while ago, too. His only excuse for being gone is that the Kardashians have taken him hostage. Also, why do we never see new cast member, Aristotle Athari? Where was Andrew Dismukes? Alex Moffat? Why was Mikey Day in almost every sketch?

(To be fair, I guess Moffat and Dismukes could have COVID. New York is on high alert.)

We head to this Saturday’s season finale with trepidation. Michael Che is playing a game of public renegotiation, singing the Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” to anyone who’ll listen. This used to be Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin’s theme song before the pandemic. My guess is, Che stays. McKinnon should have her own series by now. If she doesn’t have one in the works, she needs better agents and managers.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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