After several waves of subpar viewership, Saturday Night Live is winning in the ratings game, and all signs indicate NBC has the election to thank for that.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, SNLs ratings are up 20 percent from last year. Present skits that feature Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton are becoming must-see viral sensations that regularly get written about by entertainment news sites. And according to The New York Post, the SNL spoof of the first debate described more spectators on YouTube than the actual debate.
This comes after The Post declared in 2015 that Saturday Night Live cant be saved by nostalgia anymore, and The Wrap stated the present was officially over-the-hill. In May, the shows season finale hit a season low, and in August starrings Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh announced their exit from the series.
But when its 42 nd season premiered earlier this month, SNL find ratings soar higher than they have in eight years, and much of the buzz was surrounding the shows Clinton-Trump skit. In the weeks since, the election-themed skits have garnered similar buzz, and SNL is reaping the rewards.
Paper Magazines Editor at Large Peter Davis credited Trump with dedicating the present extra laughs.
The wacko presidential race and Trump’s easy to satirize antics and rants are SNL’s comedic bread and butter. The election is often even described as like an SNL skit. It’s like the writers are being handed free material. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have inadvertently built SNL hilarious, Davis said. Trump and his grab them by the p—y commentary could not find it easier to make a zillion jokes from. Trump is the punch line that merely maintains giving.
SiriusXM radio personality Rich Davis said the sketch show has presidential candidates to thank for the recent ratings boost.
These two candidates have low acceptance ratings and are constantly telling and doing things worthy of parody. This election is practically writing SNL, he told. Donald telling things on a hot mic or Hilary having a coughing fit and doing a shoulder shimmy. SNL is reaping all the benefits.
Davis said Saturday Night Live routinely find a boost around election time and radio host Cristina Palumbo agreed.
The series find ratings during the course of its 2008 election, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, 2012 was less fruitful.
Its an American institution with highs and lows like anything else, Palumbo told. I look forward to it during an electoral year because it maintains me shall include participation in politics, glistens a spotlight on real issues and takes the dullness out of the electoral process.
At least one person, however, is no fan of SNLs most-recent presidential-themed skits.
Trump recently tweeted that he was less than impressed with Baldwins impersonation.
Watched Saturday Night Live hit undertaking on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny present. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!— Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
With the final debate on Wednesday night, it’s doubtful “SNL” will leave Trump out of their skits anytime soon.
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