‘SNL’ Live Coast-To-Coast Brings In Best Ratings Since February
“Saturday Night Live” decided to go live coast-to-coast in each time zone Saturday night for the first time ever, and it looks to have paid off.
The ratings for the late night sketch comedy show hosted by “SNL” alum Jimmy Fallon were the highest they have been since February 11th, when Alec Baldwin hosted, according to a Sunday
report in Variety. (RELATED: Donald Trump Fires Back At ‘Saturday Night Live’ After Alec Baldwin Performs ‘Hit Job’)
The episode that brought back Alec Baldwin playing President Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy reprising her role as an unhinged Press Secretary Sean Spicer brought in 7.9 million viewers and a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 age demographic in Nielsen metered market households. (RELATED: White House Reporter Releases A ‘Holocaust’ Pool Report)
Those numbers are way up over last week’s show hosted by comedian Louis C.K. that brought in only 6.5 million viewers and 1.7 in the coveted age demographic, according to Deadline.
During the cold open, Baldwin played Trump in a “reality television” type show format as he was forced to select his top advisor between Steve Bannon and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, played by Fallon.
Later in the show, McCarthy skewered Spicer, dressed up like the Easter Bunny, over his comments earlier in the week when he said during a press briefing that Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” when comparing him to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.