‘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 Trump 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. 

{mosads}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 Giuliani over the formal impeachment inquiry launched by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) following allegations from a whistleblower that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. 

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

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