'SNL' Weekend Update Is Headed to Primetime!

"We're thrilled to have Colin Jost and Michael Che continuing their unique brand of news with fresh "Weekend Update' shows in primetime this August".

The primetime pickup comes in the midst of a banner year for Saturday Night Live, which hit a five-year high in February with 17-time host Alec Baldwin. They went live about an hour following Vice-Presidential nominee Mike Pence's address to the convention and the country. And Tuesday's news that four episodes of "Weekend Update" are going to air in August could just seal the deal. There's also been a plethora of news events to address during "Weekend Update" throughout his presidency.




NBC has made a decision to bring part of "Saturday Night Live" into primetime later this year. "Update" anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost will fill their usual roles, and other "SNL" cast members will appear alongside them.

This past season of Saturday Night Live has done exceptionally well in the ratings, making this season one of its best in 27 years. This makes it the show's top-rated season at this point in eight years in 18-49 (since 2008-09) and most-watched season in 24 years (since 1992-93). SNL's ratings have increased 21% over a year ago among adults 18-49, and up 26% in total viewers when comparing season 42 to season 41. SNL also holds the title for the most nominated television show in Emmy history with 219 nominations. "Saturday Night Live" was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame by the National Association of Broadcasters".

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