When it comes to viewers, it appears that Josh Brolin and Gotye simply cannot bring in the same sort of numbers as Sofia Vergara and One Direction — though it’s possible that you could formulate a number of other theories for the drop in ratings for “Saturday Night Live” this weekend (such as weather, Joss Whedon’s “Cabin in the Woods,” alien activity, or the NHL playoffs).
Overall, this weekend’s show drew a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic; while the good news here is that “SNL” was once again the top non-sports show on the night Saturday, this marks a drop versus the week before as well as versus the season average. This news was hardly unexpected, mostly due to Brolin and Gotye failing to have the same sort of connection to young viewers as the star of one of TV’s most-watched comedies and a boy band currently taking the world by storm.
Considering that athletes having historically done very well hosting “SNL” over the years, we more than expect the show starring NFL champion Eli Manning with pop megastar Rihanna to be a winner when it comes on — even though we are going to be waiting until May 5 to check it out. (Plus, the May sweeps is traditionally a rather good time for television.)
To read our review of the broadcast with Brolin, head on over to this link.