SNL ratings surge with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

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Amy Poehler Reunites with Maya Rudolph to Bring ‘Bronx Beat’ Back to SNL – and They Aren’t Fans of Star Wars.

NBC says SNL had a 5.1 overnight household rating across 56 major markets to rank as the night’s top telecast. A funny thing about the space-time continuum is that on some special episodes of Saturday Night Live it will deliver to us two versions of Hillary Clinton and a Sarah Palin, all in the same sketch.

Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph reprised their fan-favorite Bronx Beat sketch last night with a cheers to Christmas, regardless of all of the bad news in the world. “You think you got Santa coming down the chimney,” says Jodi. “And it’s ISIS.” But even ISIS should enjoy the holiday season, according to Betty, who advises to “take a nap, go for a walk, do something nice.NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” closed out the year on a strong note, with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Bruce Springsteen combining to produce the show’s second highest overnight rating of the past 22 months.

Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reprised their famous versions of the politicians, appearing as advisers to a 2015 Clinton (Kate McKinnon) on Christmas Eve. Go see Star Wars!” The hook of this sketch has always been Poehler and Rudolph’s pitch-perfect “anxious Bronx mother” characters, with the voices and the faces and the lists.

Meanwhile in primetime, ABC was the winner with its coverage of the Democratic debate from New Hampshire, but it logged the lowest numbers of this election cycle. The sketch – dubbed “A Hillary Christmas” – also featured the return of Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin, who shared her advice on how Clinton can make it to the Oval Office this time and not wind up as a secretary… of State. “In just 11 months, you’re going to finally get your present.

The first came from Fey: “Parents in Connecticut were upset after an elementary school teacher had students in her class change the lyrics of ‘Silent Night’ from ‘holy night’ to ‘solstice night.’ Worse, she changed the name ‘Virgin Mary’ to ‘Over-the-Jeans Mary.’” And the second came from Poehler: “New York City police said that this year’s sex crimes on the subway, such as groping and flashing, have jumped nearly 20 percent. Poehler, as ’08 Clinton, mostly warned other Hillary not to be cocky before the election, while being warned about things like her email and Benghazi. (“Who’s Ben Gazi?”) Palin wondered: after they all ran for president together – so fun! – didn’t Clinton have to find work as a secretary? When Bobby Moynihan’s 12-year-old second wife walks on stage, his horrified expression encapsulates our reaction to the creepy — albeit hilarious — sketch. Similarly in adults 18-49, last night’s 2.6 rating in the 25 markets with local people meters was the second best of the fall — but only a tick behind the 2.7 for the Trump-hosted show — and is the second best since the night McCarthy hosted early in 2014 (2.9). Moynihan refuses to believe that he would ever leave his wife, let alone for an underage girl, until Fey asks, “But what if I told you that in a few years one of your novels becomes a surprise bestseller and is even optioned for a movie?” “SNL” is obviously skewering the older man/younger woman pairing — pretty well, we might add — but did the sketch need to go that young to prove its point?

The cracking ensemble did their own version of Swift’s Bad Blood video; cue sample lyrics: forget “Band-aids and bullet holes” — try mammograms and sandwich orders. SNL castmember Aidy Bryant asked the two the question that no man is ever asked, “How do you balance it all?” as Fey and Poehler went straight into Bad Blood, backed up by not only Schumer and King, but Poehler’s two nannies, Fey’s nanny, their shared gynaecologist, and even the dude who returned Poehler’s wallet (read her memoir Yes, Please if you wanna know). However, when present-day Clinton informs her 2008 counterpart that she’s running against Sanders and – eventually – Donald Trump, Poehler’s Hillary rejoices, “Oh my god!

Once all West Coast viewing is accurately included, last night’s viewership should exceed 7 million but will fall short of the 8.55 million that a Democratic debate attracted on CBS last month (also on a Saturday). We’re going to be president!” Fey’s Palin then shows up out of nowhere – “Oh geeze, it looks like I went through time and space again” – to rain on the Clintons’ celebratory parade. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. The first Democratic debates of the 2016 presidential cycle drew a strong 15.79 million viewers on CNN in October, but viewership has fallen off with the subsequent two such events, which were scheduled on the lightest-watched night of the week. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Fox’s son” and use “some ‘me time’ to learn about herself.” Poehler joked: “Go for it.” But Swift was far from amused, telling Vanity Fair: “You know, Katie Couric is one of my favourite people, because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’”

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