NBC’s Saturday Night Live returned from hiatus last night with guest host Louis C.K. and two Donald Trump skits featuring Alec Baldwin. However, if the network hoped the long-running comedy sketch program would return on a high note, executives were left disappointed. As soon as Baldwin began bashing Trump, SNL was slammed with some terrible news.
It appears that Baldwin’s annoying portrayal of the president is beginning to wear thin with SNL’s audience, as viewership took a substantial hit. Just 4.5 percent of all households with televisions were tuned into the program last night, and the rating among the prized 18- to 49-year-old demographic was only 2.1 percent. The viewership marked the lowest for SNL since Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.
On Saturday’s show, Baldwin portrayed Trump appearing before a group of supporters in Kentucky for a mini-rally.
“We all love Trump, don’t we?” Baldwin’s character said. “We do, we do. I just had an amazing week, folks, I met with leaders from China, Egypt, and Jordan. Gorsuch was confirmed, the media is saying nice things, and no one is talking about Russia. Wow, what a difference just 59 Tomahawk missiles can make.”
“I just wanted to spend 20 minutes today with my people, folks who don’t whisper, ‘Oh God, what’s happening?’ right after I leave the room,” he added. [Source: Western Journalism]
In March, Alec Baldwin indicated that he may not do his portrayal of President Donald Trump for much longer, saying, “I don’t know how much more people can take it.” Apparently, he was right, and it looks like it’s time for the actor to take his own advice. As Americans watch their president being mercilessly mocked, they have also bore witness to the tremendous progress he is making for the country. We should be applauding him, not making fun of him.
While SNL’s viewership declines, President Trump’s approval rating has soared simultaneously. After his first 100 days in office, a whopping 96 percent of those who voted for him say they would do it again. Perhaps SNL ought to try tapping into what the majority of Americans actually want to see, and that isn’t some out-of-touch actor slamming our Commander-in-Chief.