Every new season they try to tell us SNL is back to it’s roots, and funnier than ever. Then the ratings come in and seem to say a lot of viewers don’t apparently believe the hype.
Saturday Night Live has not been able to recover from the the cast exodus that included the departure of a number of long-time favorites, including Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis and Seth Meyers.
The ratings for NBC’s venerable late-night program started sliding last season, and the slump continues this fall. Ironically, with one of the members of SNL‘s most recent golden generation, Hader, back as host, SNL hit lows in the ratings.
Last night, Saturday NightLive hosted by Hader averaged a 3.8 rating in metered-market households and a 1.8 in adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters. That was down a tenth in each category from last week’s show hosted by Sarah Silverman (3.9, 1.9) and a season low. The Hader-hosted show tied the May 10 telecast hosted by Charlize Theron as the lowest rated SNL ever in household and 18-49 ratings.