Depending on where you go, the opinions for the “Saturday Night Live” hosted by Sarah Silverman are all over the place. There are some that really enjoyed it, and while we are a major Silverman fan, we feel like she was surprisingly nervous and flubbed many of her lines throughout the night. There was so much lost momentum on the show that even some funny ideas were hard to salvage.
Ratings-wise, it also looks like the show, now in its 40th season, is having a hard time building traction after a week outing last year. The show drew a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is better than most of the comedies NBC has on the air now. However, it is down 0.2 from the premiere with Chris Pratt and Ariana Grande, and this is also a lower figure than many of the broadcasts last year.
Then again, we did not expect the numbers for last night’s episode to be particularly huge for many reasons. For one, Silverman is not the biggest name the show has ever put on, even if she is very funny and has a dedicated audience. Also, Maroon 5 had already been on the show.
Next week, we do feel like there will be some bigger numbers courtesy of the return of Bill Hader. He is one of the most decorated alum from the show, and while he did make a cameo last year, he has not been on a ton of sketches since his departure a little over a year ago. Nostalgia should still be fresh in the minds of many; while Sarah was also an alum, it was more than 20 years ago, and she was only a part of the show for a tiny period of time.