Josh Brolin SNL Delivers Largest Audience Since October

Alabama senator Katie Britt delivered a widely-panned Republican response to the State of the Union address this past Thursday, and shortly after it was complete, the internet demanded that Saturday Night Live spoof the senator’s response.

Ask and you shall receive.

A-list actress (and Mrs. Colin Jost) Scarlett Johansson surprised the audience by delivering a memorable performance as the beleaguered senator during the March 9 episode’s cold open.

Viewers flocked to the sketch show this past weekend, perhaps in anticipation of a Sen. Britt trolling. Hosted by Dune: Part Two star Josh Brolin with musical guest Ariana Grande, the March 9, 2024 episode of Saturday Night Live averaged 4,670,000 total viewers and 940,000 P18-49 viewers, according to live-plus-same-day data from Nielsen. Those numbers will grow substantially as delayed viewing data trickles in over the next week.

Out of the 14 SNL episodes that have aired this season to-date, The March 9 episode comes in at No. 3 overall in total viewers, and is up +15% from the previous week’s episode of SNL (hosted by actress Sydney Sweeney). The 4.67 million total viewer average also represents SNL’s largest audience since the Oct. 28, 2023 (Nate Bargatze/Foo Fighters) episode.

The 940,000 P18-49 viewer live-plus-same-day average on March 9 ranks No. 7 out of the show’s 14 episodes this season to-date. It’s the largest key demo delivery since the Feb. 24, 2024 episode hosted by Shane Gillis, and is up +12% from Sweeney’s live-plus-same-day delivery on March 2.

Saturday Night Live now heads to hiatus until March 30, when comic Ramy Youssef hosts, and rap star Travis Scott joins as the musical guest.

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