Not even Lil Nas X‘s highly publicized pants split or ‘Queen’s Gambit’ star Anya Taylor-Joy could save ‘SNL’ from the royal ratings slump that was its season 46 finale.
Viewership = 3.5 million (approx.)
May 22 brought with it the finale of ‘SNL’s 46th season. Hosted by Anya Taylor-Joy, controversial rapper-singer Lil Nas X acted as the musical guest and cranked gave his latest singles – ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ and ‘Sun Goes Down’ – their inaugural televised live performance debut.
And though social media was set alight by the star’s blazing stage showing, particularly the wardrobe malfunction that saw the 22-year-old’s pants rip in the middle of pole choreography, ratings figures reveal the hype was not enough to secure a commendable season end for the historic sketch show.
In fact, reports have it the episode’s ratings mark the lowest ever for an ‘SNL’ season finale.
“The finale, which sent strong signals that multiple popular long-time cast members may be leaving, drew a 3.5 household Live+Same Day rating in the 44 metered local markets and a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating in the 25 markets with local people meters.
That was even with the rating deliveries last week and is tied for season lows among both households and 18-49 in the metered markets.”