Monday, May 27, 2024

“SNL” Blockbuster Works: Ratings Jump 18% in One Week as Kristen Wiig Hosts Star-Packed Show


Lorne Michaels is no dummy.

After the debacle of the Ramy Youssef show ended with a huge drop in ratings, “SNL” chief Michaels packed it on this past Saturday.

The result was an 18% jump to 4.5 million viewers with Kristen Wiig hosting and a raft of surprise A list guests. Martin Short, Jon Hamm, Matt Damon, Paul Rudd, Ryan Gosling, Fred Armisen, Will Forte all joined Wiig for a wild, and memorable 90 minutes.

It didn’t hurt that the musical guest, Raye, was sensational. Sales of her album, “21st Century Blues,” also kicked up, sending it to the top 20. (Of course, there’s been no follow up since then from her indie label.)

Over 1 million of the 4.75 million viewers were in the key demo, too, which I’m sure thrilled NBC.

“SNL” had been in a rut since returning from Christmas break. But the Wiig show felt like old times. She, and the stars, gave it quite a jolt.

This weekend, “Barbie” and “The Fall Guy” star Gosling will host with superstar country singer Chris Stapleton was musical guest. Expect references to both those Gosling movies, and the eclipse. Should be fun!

Welcome back, “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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