Monday, April 15, 2024

Ratings: “SNL” with Jenna Ortega of Wednesday Fame, Drops from Last Week and Even Last Year: Go Figure!


On Saturday night, “Wednesday” star Jenna Ortega hosted “SNL” with musical guest rock band The 1975.

“Wednesday” is such a big hit you’d think “SNL” ratings would have skyrocketed. So, go figure this out: the ratings were lower than the previous week and in a big decline from exactly one year ago.

Total viewers this past Saturday came to 4.243 million. And 985,000 of those people were in the key demo. Ortega is young, and so is her audience. So the surprise is that more of them didn’t tune in. Last year’s key demo was up over 1 million with 4.36 million total viewers. Huh? The host was “The Batman” star Zoe Kravitz and musical guest Rosalia.

Not only that: NFL star Travis Kelce’s show last week hit 4.5 million total eyes. So Ortega’s show fell short of that, as well.

I’m surprised. I thought the huge “Wednesday” audience would translate into really big numbers for “SNL.” So we all learned something from this episode. On to the next one!

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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