The premiere episode was reportedly 35% less than the previous season premiere
“Saturday Night Live” premiered its 47th season last weekend with low ratings.
Even with fan-favorite comedic actor Owen Wilson as host and Grammy-winning country star Casey Musgraves as the musical guest, the sketch-comedy show struggled.
According to the earliest available data from Nielsen wrap, “SNL” had a 3.5 domestic rating Live + Same Day rating (in local markets with only 44 meters) and was down 35% from the start of its season 46. Final numbers are still being processed.
The season 47 premiere also saw a change in its cast. long time cast member Beck Bennett As well as exiting the show, season one cast member Lauren Holt confirmed to “SNL” that three new people joined its comedy crew: Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman.
‘Saturday Night Live’ to start season 47 with cast shakeup
The Emmy-winning series is also hoping that its upcoming host/musical choices will captivate viewers.
Halsey is the musical guest on October 9, when Kim Kardashian West makes her debut as host. Rami Malek will host on October 16, with Young Thugs as the composer.
and Jason Sudeikis who was a cast member and writer on “SNL” from 2003 to 2013, and will return to Studio 8H on October 23 to host the show for the first time.
The actor won an Emmy for Best Actor for his role in “Ted Lasso”. The series, which Sudeikis also co-produced, also won an Emmy for Best Comedy.