Sunday, April 21, 2024

Ratings: “Saturday Night Live” Gets a Halloween Bounce from Jack Harlow, Tom Hanks, Bobby Moynihan “Drunk Uncle” Returns, So Does Cecily Strong


“Saturday Night Live” picked up around 400,000 viewers on Saturday from the previous week. total viewers were 4.1 million after three weeks lingering around 3.7 million.

Rapper Jack Harlow was the host and musical guest, but wiser heads prevailed. Tom Hanks was brought in as a stealth player, appearing as his popular David S. Pumpkins character.

Also, “SNL” album Bobby Moynihan turned as the Drunk Uncle and stole the show. All of this helped give the currently ailing show a Halloween bounce. (They should really get him to return full time. During Weekend Update, when he called Colin Jost “Seth,” it was a flash of brilliance. )

With all of this help, “SNL” seemed a little better than it had in recent weeks. The added return of Cecily Strong is huge. She is the show’s leading lady. But what they’re lacking is a leading man. When Hanks arrived, that was made obvious. Kenan Thompson is always brilliant comic relief. Mikey Day is also comic first. The show needs a Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, even a Beck Bennett.

Next up: Amy Schumer, who is a Star, whether you like her or not, as host. She will fill a lot of gaps.

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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