Saturday, June 15, 2024

HBO’s Last of Us Flirts with 1 Million Viewers, But Star Pedro Pascal Didn’t Help SNL


Sunday night, HBO’s “The Last of Us” pulled within a whisker of 1 million viewers at 9pm on the main channel. HBO says another 8 million watched on HBO Max and through kaleidoscopes or something. But 991,000 went to their TVs and turned on HBO.

The show is enormously popular and growing by leaps and bounds. No one’s denying that. But star Pedro Pascal didn’t help the ratings on “Saturday Night Live” when he hosted this past Saturday. Total audience was up just slightly with 4.3 million. The prior week was 4.165 million total. Pascal’s musical guest was Coldplay, which didn’t get a sales kick of their appearance. Their latest album, “Music of the Spheres,” is number 26 on iTunes.

“SNL” is skipping next Saturday, right in the middle of ratings sweeps. They’ll be back on February 25th with Woody Harrelson and Jack White, a show I feel like I’ve already seen.

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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