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"SNL" opener a huge WNY hit; CW's "No Tomorrow" worth viewing

This is what I’m thinking:

The season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” featuring a parody of the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate was a huge hit in Western New York.

The 90-minute program had a 7.8 rating on Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate. That was about 35 percent higher than the national household rating in the top 56 metered markets and more than 40 percent higher than the 5.4 rating here for the 2015 season premiere.

The numbers at the start when Alec Baldwin did an impressive job playing Trump in the cold open sketch were much better.

“SNL” started with a 9.9 rating on Channel 2 at 11:30 p.m. and continued to be in the 9s for the first 45 minutes. Those are incredible numbers for late night.

Heck, they are incredible numbers for prime time. The heavily-promoted 10 p.m. Monday premiere of NBC’s time travel series “Timeless” had a 4.5 live rating on Channel 2. It lost more than half of the lead-in from NBC’s most popular series “The Voice” (10.6).

Parts of the “SNL” debate sketch also have been shown on the cable news channels and are readily available on the social networks, which means many people have enjoyed them without staying up until 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

I know Western New Yorkers rarely watch CW shows, but there is a chance more people will tune in tonight to one worth watching if they want to avoid the vice presidential debate on all other broadcast networks.

Here is an edited version of my preseason mini-review of “No Tomorrow,” which premieres at 9 tonight on WNLO-TV:

Canadian actress Tori Anderson and British actor Joshua Sasse (“Galavant”) star in a funny, romantic, silly comedy that is one of my favorite programs. Sasse plays a guy who thinks the world is going to end in eight months. He has a list of things to do before then and tries to convince Anderson’s character to live for no tomorrow. Anderson is on my list of potential breakout stars. Unfortunately, the program soon will air opposite two of the early season’s more popular programs, CBS’ “Bull” and NBC’s “This is Us.” But that is what DVRs and On Demand are made for.

3 1/2 stars (out of 4)



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