Fans tuned in massively for Saturday’s 46th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, generating the show’s most-watched season debut in four years.
The launch of season 46 was hosted by Chris Rock with musical guest Megan Thee Stallion, the show averaged a 1.68 rating and 7.765 million viewers overall, making it the most-watched season premiere since 2016.
Rock acknowledged in his opening monologue to the strange circumstances under which the season was premiere was happening, SNL has enacted strict safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in order to be able to film in the studio.
“This is a special show. This show is quite different than every other show. There are so many protocols. Everybody in this audience has been checked and all week I’ve had things going up my nose every day I come in here. I haven’t had so much stuff up my nose since I shared a dressing room with Chris Farley,” he joked. Watch below:
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The show was kicked off with the much-anticipated debut of Jim Carrey as the show’s new Joe Biden in a parody of the first presidential debate. Opposite Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump with an appearance by Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris.
Carrey stated, “You can trust me,” he said, mugging. “Because I believe in science. And karma, Now, just imagine if science and karma could somehow team up to send us all a message about how dangerous this virus can be. I’m not saying I want it to happen. Just imagine if it did.”
Musical guest Megan Thee Stallion used her Saturday Night Live performance of her hit song Savage to call out Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his decision in the Breonna Taylor case.
Standing in front of a backdrop that said, “Protect Black Women,’ the artist also used the stage to bring attention to Black men and women who she said needed love and protection.