Saturday, May 18, 2024

Bingo! “SNL” Jumps by Over a Million Viewers with Steve Martin-Martin Short-Brandi Carlile Show


Nothing succeeds like success!

“Saturday Night Live” jumped to just over 5.1 million viewers this weekend. Beautiful! The combo of Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Brandi Carlile did the trick.

The show was up over 1 million viewers from the previous week, and around 900,000 from the prior weeks.

Selena Gomez popped up as a cameo, and did Kieran Culkin.

This installment of “SNL” will win a bunch of Emmys. It was just terrific, like the old days, really well written and executed. Short told me when I saw him Sunday night at “Some Like it Hot” on Broadway that he and Steve really worked hard on it and contributed to all the writing. You could tell.

Congrats to Lorne Michaels, who I’m sure is happy to see his numbers go up! (And not on a cardio chart!) Michaels also has a huge hit on Broadway with “Leopoldstadt,” which just extended through June and will win a bunch of awards.

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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