Thursday, April 18, 2024

Ratings Collapse For “Saturday Night Live” with Ana De Armas, Karol G As Show Dips Well Under 4 Million Viewers


“SNL” has been able to keep its weekly numbers above 4 million most of this season. For the last several weeks, the average has been 4.1 or 4.2 million viewers, occasionally exceeding that norm.

But this past Saturday was a disaster. Ana de Armas, the Oscar nominee for “Blonde.” was the host. She was delightful and gorgeous. She was in a lot of sketches. But this didn’t grab the audience. Total viewers fell to 3.8 million. Ouch!

Karol G was the musical guest. I have no idea who she is, and neither did the audience evidently. Whoever she is, Karol G doesn’t have a single on the iTunes top 100. Why would “SNL” have thought she’d be a ratings getter?

I don’t understand why “SNL” doesn’t look for legacy artists with huge followers from concerts and oldies radio? There are so many cool acts who the “SNL” age audience will tune in for. Considering Creedence Clearwater Revival’s greatest hit sells like crazy, why not get John Fogerty?

The next scheduled show is May 6th with Pete Davidson returning, and Lil Uzi Vert, a rapper with hits. But that show may not happen if the Writers Guild goes on strike. And that seems like a looming possibility.

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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