I can’t say I’m surprised. This past weekend’s “SNL” was not a big draw.
The show featuring Woody Harrelson and Jack White was a low scorer for “SNL” after a run of higher numbers. A total of 4.1 million people watched the show. This is about what Michael B. Jordan pulled a couple of weeks ago. Then came Pedro Pascal, and a slight increase to 4.3 million.
All of this is down from Aubrey Plaza’s 4.8 million with Sam Smith as musical guest back on January 24th. The only difference that’s obvious is that Plaza came from a hip TV show, and Smith had had a big single all year and was sure to do something weird.
Woody Harrelson’s show was pretty bad. The only really funny sketch was the parody of “The Whale.” But it was very insidery. Jack White is a gifted guitarist but his “songs” sounded like screeching. Also, the opening Trump sketch just fell flat. Then Woody’s monologue was a nutty railing against vaccine mandates. He also seemed stoned.
And so we move on to the next one. It doesn’t look that promising with recent Super Bowl winner Travis Kelce, and musical guest Kelsea Ballerini. Kelce did a great job for Kansas City but he’s not Patrick Mahomes and I doubt many people know who he is or why he’s on “SNL.” Bellerini?