This Summer, Saturday Night Live stars Colin Jost and Michael Che will bring the ‘Weekend Update’ to NBC’s primetime lineup. The show will premiere on Thursday, August 10th at 9 pm and will run for 4 glorious weeks throughout the Summer. The ‘Weekend Update‘ in primetime will also feature regular guest appearances from other Saturday Night Live cast members.
Saturday Night Live is currently seeing its best ratings in decades. The hotly contested and polarizing election caused a massive spike in SNL‘s ratings, a spike which they’ve managed to maintain after Donald Trump won the election and began to flip shit upside down in Washington.
Deadline is reporting that SNL has consistently ranked amongst the top weekly TV programs for the coveted 18-49 demo, so it makes perfect sense that NBC and Lorne Michaels would want to keep riding this ratings surge:
Talks about a potential primetime installment of Weekend Update started earlier several weeks ago amidst a ratings resurgence for the late-night staple, which, since the Donald Trump inauguration, has been ranking among the top programs of the week in adults 18-49, beating primetime competition, with its best ratings in decades.
“SNL is having its best season in a quarter of a century — how many shows can say that?! — so we didn’t want them to take the summer off,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to have Colin Jost and Michael Che continuing their unique brand of news with fresh ‘Weekend Update’ shows in primetime this August.” Via
SNL is straight KILLIN’ it right now. This is currently the most watched season of Saturday Night Live since the 1992-1993 season, and that cast featured the following people: Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Adam Sandler, David Spade, Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, Chris Rock, (now Senator) Al Franken, Robert Smigel, and Rob Schneider….Daaaaaaaaaaaaamn.
Those are some of the biggest names to ever walk the hallowed halls of SNL and the current cast is competing with them for ratings. That’s fucking astonishing.