The big farewells on Saturday night didn’t do much for “SNL” ratings.
The show hosted by Natasha Lyonne with Musical guest Japanese Breakfast drew 4.6 million viewers. That was average for this season.
There were cast farewells from Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney. Or rather, from the first three. Mooney, who’s been such a huge part of the show for years, got little love with his exit. Too bad– he deserved better.
Lyonne was very good, and Lorne Michaels brought in Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph to help see out the season. But no one knew who Japanese Breakfast was, and still they (she) remain a mystery. Why didn’t the season end with a big music star? Who knows?
Anyway, that’s it. The cast will tighten up now. Cecily Strong rises to the level of central player, she’s that good and was sometimes overshadowed by McKinnon. Kenan Thompson hangs in there as team captain. The breakout star of this season was James Austin Johnson.
Will there be new members of the cast? Maybe not since there are plenty of recurring ones who didn’t get airtime this year.