“Saturday Night Live” host Owen Wilson kicked off the present’s forty seventh season over the weekend with little fanfare, drawing sharply decrease scores than final yr’s season debut.
Ratings for the reside sketch-comedy present on Saturday plummeted 35 % from final season’s opener, bringing in simply 3.5 million viewers, based on scores company Nielsen, which launched early information drawn from 44 media markets.
Wilson, who will star in Wes Anderson’s upcoming “French Dispatch” and “Bliss” with Salma Hayek, kicked off the brand new season with singer Kacey Musgraves. Musgraves bared all for her musical efficiency — going completely nude save for a pair of cowboy boots and her guitar, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to attract in viewers.
Despite the weak outcomes, the weekend’s scores have been in keeping with the ultimate two episodes of final season, which can point out the brand new regular for the present’s TV scores.
While the official Nielsen scores might be out there on Tuesday, the company in its preliminary learn additionally confirmed a 13 % decline in viewership within the coveted 18-to-49 age group from the final two episodes of final season.
The steep decline in scores in comparison with final yr is probably going due partially to the political local weather. Last yr at the moment, the nation was within the throes of a fiery presidential election.
Last yr’s season-opening host, Chris Rock, may additionally have been a much bigger draw than Wilson. The in style comic not solely introduced levity to the tense political local weather, however he additionally drew 8.2 million viewers to the present, which was created and continues to be produced by Lorne Michaels.
“SNL’s” scores drop-off is regular after an election cycle, however media watchers anticipate a scores bump when Kim Kardashian West hosts the present with musical visitor Halsey on Oct. 9.
Meanwhile, final week “SNL” introduced a shakeup of its forged. Longtime present staples together with Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong stayed on as a part of the primary forged. However, Beck Bennett left the NBC sequence after eight seasons, and Lauren Holt additionally exited after making her debut simply final season.