Now that’s a Spicey rating!
Saturday Night Live‘s Trump-fueled popularity boom continues: The NBC late-night veteran just surged to its highest overnight number in six years.
The Feb. 11 show delivered SNL‘s biggest metered-market overnight rating (a 7.2) since an episode that aired back in 2011 (which was on a night that had an NFL game overrun into SNL‘s time slot).
There was huge anticipation for Saturday’s SNL given last week’s surprise appearance by Melissa McCarthy playing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Also, Rosie O’Donnell engaged in public lobbying campaign on Twitter this week to play Trump’s strategist Steve Bannon on the show (a campaign that didn’t apparently work; Bannon was once again portrayed as the Grim Reaper, appearing in the background of Baldwin’s only sketch as Trump).
Currently, SNL is on track to have its highest-rated season in 22 years.
The episode was loaded with political sketches, with host Alec Baldwin once again playing Trump, a Fatal Attraction spoof with Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway, and McCarthy reprising her Spicer parody in the cold open. Here’s our recap.