Despite Donald Trump’s insistence that the show is “unwatchable,” Saturday Night Live’s ratings this season are the highest they’ve been in 22 years, mostly because of Alec Baldwin’s unbelievable Trump impression.
The most recent episode, which included Melissa McCarthy’s stellar Sean Spicer impression, scored a 2.5 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. That’s “in line with SNL’s overall season 42 viewership — its best since season 20 — which is up 22 percent in total viewers over last year (10.6 million vs. 8.7 million),” according to TVLine.
The season’s highest-rated episode so far was the one hosted by Dave Chappelle, but this Saturday’s, when Alec Baldwin will stick around for the whole night, could challenge it. We know one person who will be watching!
Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
.@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016