Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Ratings: “SNL” with Amy Schumer Rises Slightly, “White Lotus” Gets Darker, Goes Up 2%


Over the weekend, the ratings clock was ticking away.

Amy Schumer hosted a pretty good episode of “SNL.” The ratings rose to 4.3 million, most viewers so far this season. Steve Lacy was a straightforward musical guest, although he cannot sing on key. (No one cares anymore.)

Schumer was very funny, and got the show off to a good start. Maybe “SNL” will pick up steam now, I know a lot of people are “steamed” about Dave Chappelle as this week’s host. We’ll see how he does.

My favorite thing from Saturday night: the filmed piece about COVID. I laughed out loud.

More ratings news: “White Lotus” — HBO says ratings are up 2% from the first week. On the HBO channel the show had 421,000 viewers. The means another 2 million, by HBO’s count, watched on HBO Max or some other way. Well, we will never know.

The show is getting darker. This week, a lot happens, it’s all sex sex sex so that should drive up the numbers. The following week some really crazy stuff occurs and is said. Creator Mike White is going back to his “Chuck and Buck” roots. Brace yourselves.

Roger Friedman
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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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