It's only been a few days since we first learned NBC might be tinkering with the idea of creating a primetime series based around the popular Saturday Night Live skit "Weekend Update." However, the idea is likely looking more and more appealing, as this week SNL hit even higher highs in the ratings than normal. That's a win that NBC could use during primetime.
Per numbers released by NBC, the February 11 episode of Saturday Night Live did a whopping 3.6 rating in the coveted 18-49 advertising demographic. In the metered markets, that rating was an even bigger 7.2, which tied the episode with a 2011 SNL outting hosted by Jim Carrey. A 2010 episode of the series hosted by Betty White did an 8.8 metered market rating. The news is even bigger when you realize that this was an Alec Baldwin-hosted episode, an actor who normally would not bring in such high numbers. However, his Donald Trump impression has proved popular, and it makes sense that people would want to tune in for the Alec Baldwin and Ed Sheeran episode. In fact, ratings have been steadily increasing for a while now.
However, it's not just Donald Trump impressions that are propelling recent episodes of the long-running sketch comedy series to ratings heights. Other political and semi-political sketches and "Weekend Update" have stood out as big winners for the show during Season 42. It's no wonder that NBC might be looking into the idea to make "Weekend Update" a more lengthy endeavor.
So far, we don't have a ton of details regarding what a lengthy "Weekend Update" series would look like. Early reports indicate that the series would air weekly and would be a half hour, which is the timeslot most network comedies end up getting. The network is also reportedly looking at Thursday nights if the show moves forward. This could go a long way to improve the network's comedy lineup on Thursdays, which is still a long way from must-see TV.
All of this is up in the air at this point. An idea floating around the office is hardly the same thing as a pilot or a series order. However, regardless of whether or not the project moves forward, talk of "Weekend Update" becoming its own show makes a ton of sense, simply because comedy fans seem to be clamoring for that sort of news comedy format right now. We'll let you know as soon as NBC confirms or denies the reports. In the meantime, new episodes of SNL air on Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m. ET, only on NBC. To take a look at who will be hosting the long-running show coming up, here's who is hosting.