Saturday Night Live has gone through a serious shift during its offseason, losing Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis, adding six new castmembers, and putting Cecily Strong in the Weekend Update chair. One thing that didn’t change, however, is the ratings.
The Tina Fey-led premiere averaged a 4.7 rating and a 2.7 among adults 18-49 – equaling the numbers for the Ben Affleck-hosted season finale in May. The rating is a 10th of a point below last year’s season premiere.
SNL returns next week with Miley Cyrus as host and musical guest, while Bruce Willis will host on Oct. 12 with musical guest Katy Perry.