‘Bridgerton’ star Regé-Jean Web page’s warmth boosts ‘SNL’ rankings

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“Saturday Evening Dwell” was burning for “Bridgerton” breakout star Regé-Jean Web page, who introduced the warmth and the rankings to the sketch comedy this weekend.

The “smoldering, sensual, smoke present of a person” — his phrases, not simply ours — noticed his streaming-service prowess carry over to broadcast tv in his debut as “SNL” host.

The long-running NBC present continued its ascent with viewers after experiencing a quick comedown since comic Dave Chappelle took it to an all-time rankings excessive after the U.S. presidential election. It additionally reached a private milestone this weekend.

The present elevated its rankings from final week, in response to NBC, climbing from a 4.1 family score when Regina King hosted on Feb. 13, to a 4.2 family reside and same-day score with Web page. That signifies that 4.2% of households with a TV watched this system within the 44 metered native markets measured by Nielsen. The present additionally posted a 2.0 family score within the age 18-49 demographic within the 25 markets with native folks meters.

NBC additionally mentioned that for the primary time in its 46-season historical past, “SNL” was ranked No. 1 amongst all comedies this week on each broadcast and cable within the adults 18-49 demographic and complete viewers to this point. It’s the primary time in Nielsen measurement historical past — since 1987 — that “SNL” has ranked because the No. 1 comedy collection in complete viewers. These figures consider same-day rankings with seven further days of DVR and on-demand viewing added in.

However sufficient about math. Let’s get again to Web page, who spoofed his swoon-worthy Duke of Hastings persona in the course of the present’s opening monologue. The British actor performed it as much as the delight of “SNL” stars Aidy Bryant and Ego Nwodim, who volunteered themselves as seductive present liaisons, and Chloe Fineman, who introduced her pitch-perfect Daphne Bridgerton to the stage.

However Web page rebuffed their advances, telling them he’s really “sort of a nerd” — a nerd who randomly sings ballads like “Unchained Melody” and smolders into the digital camera for dramatic impact. He additionally delivered the duke’s signature line — “I burn for you” — with the identical verve featured within the Netflix drama.

Web page additionally reprised the function in a sketch spoofing the intimacy coordinators closely concerned in “Bridgerton” and took on new characters in a Sea Shanty musical and Nwodim’s quarantine music video “Loco,” each of which featured cameos from the present’s musical visitor, Unhealthy Bunny.

Web page’s different skits included a talk-show with Kenan Thompson as a British Ice Dice, a prayer battle between Black and white suburban households, an off-the-wall in-person job interview and, notably, the Gen Z-targeted sketch about grown males’s love for Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License.”

Rodrigo tweeted her enthusiasm concerning the “SNL” sketch, saying it was “the very best birthday current ever.”

As normal, the chilly open was a conflation of in-the-news folks and occasions: Fineman starred as singer Britney Spears internet hosting the “Oops, You Did It Once more” discuss present with visitors who’ve discovered themselves in sizzling water this week: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (Aidy Bryant), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Pete Davidson) and former “The Mandalorian” actress Gina Carano (Cecily Robust).

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