Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“SNL” with Abbott Elementary Star Quinta Brunson, Lil Yachty, Drops Slightly from Last Outing


“Saturday Night Live” is listing to the side a little from some unexciting choices.

This weekend’s installment with “Abbott Elementary” star Quinta Brunson and rapper Lil Yachty brought in 4.21 million viewers. That was down a skosh from the 4.24 million of Jenna Ortega’s hosting effort two weeks ago.

Something’s wrong with the combinations of hosts and musical guests. I wish they’d mix it up a little, There’s also a little misguidance about who’s hot and will draw ratings. Maybe the show doesn’t care as long as they stay above 4 million. After all, “SNL” isn’t going to be cancelled. But still, homeruns are better than dribbling hits.

I really like Quinta Brunson, but “Abbott” is not a big ratings hit. And it translated over to “SNL.”

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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