Tuesday, April 16, 2024

“Saturday Night Live” Comes Roaring Back Up 19% from 2022 Premiere Thanks to Pete Davidson, Ice Spice, Taylor and Travis


Fans were clearly starved for some “SNL.”

Lorne Michaels kicked off his 49th season with a big success. Total viewers were 4.8 million, up 19% from last year’s premiere. In the key age demo, they were up 31% thanks to Pete Davidson and Ice Spice. It didn’t hurt to have surprise appearances from the number 1 PR people in the world, Taylor Swift and Travis Bickle, er, Kelce.

This week, host and musical guest is Bad Bunny. The following week, for Halloween, comic Nate Bergatze and Foo Fighters take over for a ratings sweep triumph!

The show was uneven, and I didn’t like Davidson’s opening monologue. But his cold open was excellent, and that set the tone for the night.

There really has to be more political material. The satire and sending up of Gaetz, Boebert, et al, now Jim Jordan is ripe for the picking!

Roger Friedman
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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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