There’s no way of getting around it right now: “Saturday Night Live” is in a ratings slump, and it is in one at a time in which you would expect them to be flourishing as a part of the Presidential election. So what exactly is going wrong here? It’s really hard to chalk it up to one thing, but with a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic for the Christina Applegate-hosted show, it’s pretty obvious that there is something that is causing some viewers to be turned off to what “SNL” is putting on television at the moment.
Really, the biggest issue here may simply be that without Kristen Wiig, Abby Elliot, and Andy Samberg, some of the hype is gone. There’s no Digital Short, and we’ve also lost a number of key characters. While their absence was pretty easy to hide early in the season, it’s also a little harder when we are starting to see multiple weeks of sketches without the same sort of hit.
The other major issue haunting “SNL” at the moment? The fact that they have even ignored some of the characters played by the recurring cast so far this season. There has been no Stefon, no “Miley Cyrus Show,” and even Drunk Uncle and James Carville have been used only on the Thursday edition of the show. It’s felt as though “SNL” is trying to create some new traditions, which is a good idea; however, you do still have to throw longtime viewers a bone here and there with a proven sketch that you know works.
What do you think is the biggest problem currently plaguing the ratings for the show? We want to hear some of your thoughts with a comment!