Nobody likes the show.
The Season 47 premiere on Oct. 2 pulled in 4.9 million total viewers in comparison to the Season 46 premiere (in 2020) that attracted over 8.2 million viewers, per a Nielsen report.
When the audience demographic was broken down, “SNL” ratings were down 47% with people between the ages of 25-54 and down 50% with people between the ages of 18-49 compared to the comedy sketch show’s 2020 premiere episode.
In 2020, P18-49 clocked in at just under 2.4 million. In 2021, the number stands at just under 1.2 million. Meanwhile, for the range, P25-54, the numbers were 3.1 million in 2020, and 1.6 million in 2021.
“SNL” launched its new season with fan-favorite comedic actor Owen Wilson as the host and Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves as the musical guest.
Season 47 premiere also saw changes in its cast. Longtime cast member Beck Bennett exited the show as well as one-season cast member Lauren Holt as “SNL” confirmed three new people joined its comedy crew: Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman.
The Emmy-winning series is also hoping its upcoming host/music choices will draw in viewers.