Thursday, June 13, 2024

“SNL” Drops by 800,000 Viewers Back Below 4 Million with Pregnant Keke Palmer and SZA — But Help is Coming


On this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live, Keke Palmer– star of “Nope” — hosted and revealed she’s pregnant.

But the home audience didn’t know that would happen and a lot of them weren’t watching. Ratings fell to 3,.994 million, around 800,000 fewer than the last episode with David Chappelle spouting stupiid anti-semitic comments.

The music guest was SZA, who’s always good but didn’t sizzle with the audience.

Still, there was plenty of good stuff starting with the cold open featuring Kenan Thompson as a clueless Herschel Walker.

This Saturday, the numbers should jump pretty high as the hosts are Steve Martin and Martin Short. The musical guest is Brandi Carlile, and I’m sure Selena Gomez — who co-stars with the Martins in “Only Murders in the Building” — makes an appearance. They should do a parody of the show set in the “SNL” studios.

Live and learn.

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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