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On a ratings roll, "SNL" may benefit from Trump victory

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Dave Chappelle’s critically-acclaimed appearance as guest host of “Saturday Night Live” also was a local and national ratings hit.

The program had a 7.6 local rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), which was only 0.2 points below the rating here for the Oct. 1 season premiere.

And it did much better than that in the exceptional opening 15 minutes.

The portion in which Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton went to the piano and sang the late songwriter Leonard Cohen’s often misunderstood “Hallelujah” before Chappelle did a brief standup act that ended with a message – also misunderstood by some -- about giving President-elect Donald Trump a chance and also holding him accountable had an 11.2 rating.

Very few broadcast network prime time programs get an 11.2 live rating these days locally or nationally.

The six live editions of “SNL” this season have averaged a local rating of 6.6, which is about 25 percent higher than the first six original episodes that aired in 2015.

However, the Nov. 7, 2015 “SNL” had an 8.4 local rating, higher than any episode this season.

The Nov. 7, 2015 guest host? Donald Trump.

McKinnon’s singing performance was sad beyond the meaning of a song about the pain of love. It was sad to think McKinnon no longer will get to play Hillary Clinton that often now that Trump won the presidential election. However, it could mean four more years of Alec Baldwin playing Trump.

Since Trump has been so much easier to poke fun at than Clinton, his upset victory can be looked at as good for “SNL” for the next four years.


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