'SNL' ratings see big drop for season premiere

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" show experienced a drop in viewership for its opening episode in its 45th season, particularly among younger audiences that advertisers covet most.

The premiere, which included a return of Alec Baldwin as President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE and surprise celebrity appearances by "SNL" favorites Maya Rudolph and Larry David to complement host Woody Harrelson, saw a 30 percent drop in the key 18-49 year-old demographic when compared to 2018's season opener, according to Nielsen. 


The 90-minute program also saw a 15 percent decrease in overall viewers when compared to last year.

Baldwin kicked off Saturday's show in a skit that mocked Trump and personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani again suspended from YouTube over false election claims Sacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Biden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug MORE over the formal impeachment inquiry launched by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Biden urges Democrats to advocate for rescue package MORE (D-Calif.) following allegations from a whistleblower that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE

Baldwin returned to the show to play Trump despite saying previously he was no longer interested in playing the president.