I am 54 years old and as such recall Saturday Night Live from their early days when I was a teenager and laughing in my bedroom to the hilarity of Laraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, and many others. The show has been a part of my life–for most of my life.
As we all know SNL is in the midst of its most-watched season in 24 years thanks to Alec Baldwin’s turn as Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy’s appearances as White House press secretary Sean Spicer. The news of the day pretty much writes the weekend scripts. Who can not split a side laughing at McCarthy displaying Ivanka jewelry while mimicking Spicer at a press briefing with the QVC prices on the bottom of the screen?
Now SNL is trying to keep that momentum going by airing the final four episodes of the season live in all time zones. The final four episodes—each airing for the first time in SNL history cross-country simultaneously—kicks off with Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon as host on April 15, followed by Chris Pine (May 6), Melissa McCarthy (May 13) and Dwayne Johnson (May 20). In the Mountain and Pacific time zones, which will air the show at 9:30 and 8:30 p.m. respectively, there will be a rerun in the show’s usual time slot.
More than 11 million viewers are tuning in to SNL on a weekly basis, once live-plus-seven-day ratings are factored in. On the demo front, the show is averaging a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. If you tossed it in with the prime-time lineup, it would tie as the No. 6 non-sports telecast on all of TV. Eat that Donald Trump–who we know is addicted to ratings and stated SNL was a failing show!
NBC also recently announced plans to extend the run of the show into the summer. Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che will also get a limited run in prime time in August when NBC airs four half-hour broadcasts of the comedy newscast.
Hobble Trump at every angle and in every means possible. Hats off to SNL!