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Television PopWrapped | Television

'SNL' Continues Ratings Winning Streak With Melissa McCarthy's Return

Rain Varela | PopWrapped Author

Rain Varela

Staff Writer
05/15/2017 12:53 pm
PopWrapped | Television
'SNL' Continues Ratings Winning Streak With Melissa McCarthy's Return | SNL
Media Courtesy of NBC

Saturday Night Live is winning!

The latest episode of the sketch comedy show has marked its best May episode for the past seven years! It bested the 2011 episode which featured Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga which drew a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49.

This week's show which featured the return of Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer and musical guest Haim, garnered a 2.7 rating and drew an audience of 10.3 million viewers.

Donald Trump's Presidency has been really good for SNL. Despite his criticism of the show's potrayal of his administration, the series continues to thrive with the ratings.

SNL is up 25% in the adult demographic and up 31% in the total number of viewers this season in comparison to last year. Currently it averages 11 million viewers per episode, which makes it the most watched season of the show since 1993.

Alec Baldwin's potrayal of Donald Trump has proven to be the show's biggest draw this season, with his Feb 11 episode with musical guest Ed Sheeran drawing an audience of 10.8 million people.

McCarthy's Sean Spicer is a close second.

This week, the actress lampooned Spicer hiding in the bushes outside of the White House, before taking back the Press Secretary's podium from Aidy Bryant's Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

McCarthy's Spicer then took questions from the press about the firing of Comey and stated that "Let me just put this whole Russian thing to bed once and for all, Trump is innocent," McCarthy's press secretary said. "How do we know? Because he told us so. Period."

But the most memorable part of the skit happened when one of the reporters asked Spicer about everyone saying that Spicer was about to be replaced by Sanders.

Which prompted Spicer to ride his podium to Trump played by Baldwin. "Have you ever told me to say things that aren't true?" McCarthy's Spicer asked Baldwin's Trump when he was able to track him down.

"Only since you started working here," he replied. Then he told Spicer how much he cared and even requested a kiss.

"Is this like 'The Godfather' where you kiss me and no one ever sees me again?" McCarthy's Spicer mournfully asked and Baldwin's Trump reply with "Yes" and proceeded for a long lingering kiss.

Well, with scenes like that, it is no surprise that SNL is doing so well.



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