Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“SNL” Knocked Out in 1st Round: Show Drops by 700,000 Viewers with Michael B. Jordan, Lil Baby Episode


There’s been a knockout in the first round for “Saturday Night Live.”

This weekend’s ratings dropped 700,000 from the previous week in viewers to 4.1 million. The host was “Creed III” star Michael B. Jordan. Musical guest was Lil Baby.

Two Sats ago the show rose to new heights of 4.8 million viewers with Sam Smith musical guest, lots of cameos, and Aubrey Plaza as host.

Jordan was an amiable host but Lil Baby was not a musical guest for the ages. The fact that there were no surprises or cameos didn’t help matters. The show also veered away from political satire — and that never works. Never.

This Saturday should right the ship with Pedro Pascal hosting, he’s the star of two big TV shows including “The Last of Us.” Coldplay is performing.

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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