The Gal Gadot – Sam Smith episode of Saturday Night Live this weekend continued to bring a lot of funny to the table. As far as viewers go, it also managed to stay fairly solid.
This past episode drew in total a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. While this isn’t the biggest rating in the world for the show, it’s solid for this early in the year. More viewers tend to be available for SNL in the colder months when there is less of an excuse to be outside — or when there is a host who is relevant for something beyond just being a star of movies/TV shows.
One thing that is worth noting on a positive end here is that with 6.8 million viewers, this was the most-watched second episode of SNL, excluding last year’s election-fueled season, in the past five years. The series is clearly holding on to at least some of the audience that it once had, even though you may be wishing that it would find a way to keep a little bit more so that it could continue to hold on to that label as one of the most powerful forces in all of pop culture.
For Gadot, she deserves some credit for coming onto this show and doing a very good job — we weren’t sure how she would fare ahead of time given that this was her first hosting gig and we don’t quite know her for comedy. Yet, she had some fun with it, mocked Wonder Woman in some unique ways, and gave us a lot of different stuff. The show also created some really good sketches around her, including the random-but-hilarious one of OJ Simpson on a blind date and also the E! spoof that featured her playing Kendall Jenner as someone who didn’t understand the layout of her own house.
Will the ratings be great for Kumail Nanjiani next weekend? We hope, given that he is probably our personal favorite comedian and everyone here at CarterMatt is a big fan of Silicon Valley. Unfortunately, we are a little bit wary just because we’re also very well aware of the fact that he’s not a household name and there are probably some people out there who are still getting to know him. We would recommend that some of these people go and listen to The Indoor Kids (we still miss this podcast), or see either Kumail on @midnight repeats or in The Big Sick, the movie that he co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon. It’s following the success of this movie that he probably ended up landing the gig hosting this show.
What do you think about the SNL – Gal Gadot ratings?
Let us know in some of the comments, including if you think Gadot’s presence helped to boost the numbers at all. Meanwhile, take a look here to read all of our thoughts on the Jason Aldean opening from last night. (Photo: NBC.)
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