Last night, Saturday Night Live aired live across both the East and West Coast with Chris Pine and LCD Soundsystem. So what did this mean for the ratings?
Well, the news is for the most part positive, even if it doesn’t necessarily appear that way on the surface. The show with Pine ended up drawing in total a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which does mark a drop from the last edition of the show hosted by Jimmy Fallon. Yet, there are several different silver linings here to consider.
1. This is the biggest May audience in many years. You would have to look back to the May 2012 finale for the show to see the last time SNL drew more viewers in the month than the 6.92 million it posted last night.
2. This is the best May performance in the demo in years, as well. The last time the show charted better than this was the May 2014 finale for the show, which featured Andy Samberg as the host. That episode drew in total a 2.1 rating.
All in all, the big takeaways that the show should be looking at when it comes to these ratings are that the West Coast experiment is working, and that SNL does remain a little bit more relevant than it has in a rather long time in the wake of the Presidential Election.
The ratings for the final two weeks of the season are likely only going to bring about some further ratings boosts. For example, we imagine that the upcoming episode hosted by Melissa McCarthy will have people eager for another Sean Spicer impression. Meanwhile, we also figure that Dwayne Johnson’s star power alone is going to make people more excited for a big send-off until the fall. Who expects a showdown between The Rock Obama and Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump? This could prove itself to be very entertaining.
Beyond this season, we’ll have a chance to discuss and figure out more of the future for some of the show’s cast. We assume that most parties will be back, but we know that Bobby Moynihan has a pilot elsewhere and the future for the newcomers this season is unclear.
What do you think about the Chris Pine ratings for the week? Share some of your thoughts below! Meanwhile, head over here in the event you want to read our full review from this weekend’s new episode, including some videos. (Photo: NBC.)