‘Saturday Night Live’ ratings: Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg’s exits leave no mark

Saturday Night Live” has always been a show that is bigger than any individual cast member, and for more evidence of that, all you have to do is look at the ratings that have just come in for the first episode.

Overall, the show (which was hosted by “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane and featured Frank Ocean as the musical guest) ended up scoring a solid 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. This is actually an increase of a tenth of a point from the show hosted by Alec Baldwin last year, and it serves as some measure of proof that it was not just Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and his Digital Shorts, or Abby Elliot who were helping to keep the numbers so high for the show last year. It’s still very much about the ensemble, and some of the celebrity guests that executive producer Lorne Michaels can book for the show.

This coming weekend, producers will try to keep this string of success going courtesy of indie movie favorite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who will be doing the show in part to promote his upcoming movie “Looper.” Mumford & Sons will be making their first-ever appearance as the show’s musical guests, and we have a feeling that their bluegrass melodies will lift the stage to a whole new level of incredible.

Why do you think the ratings for “SNL” stayed so steady during the premiere, and do you think the absence of such people as Wiig and Samberg will become a little bit more noticeable as the show moves along? We want to hear some more of your thoughts with a comment below! If you want to read or review or watch some videos from the premiere episode, you can do so by visiting the link here.

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