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Elon Musk moves ratings to host ‘Saturday Night Live’

ByReiss Bowler

May 12, 2021

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Elon Musk has shifted the value of a cryptocurrency and TV ratings with his ‘Saturday Night Live’ performance.

Last weekend’s show averaged 7.3 million viewers, making it the third most-watched episode of the season after Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, according to Nielsen’s figures.

A good result for the billionaire’s first time staging ‘SNL’, although reviews of his efforts at comedy ranged from charitable to meh.

The biggest pan, however, may be the response to jokes mocking the cryptocurrency dogecoin, for which Musk has actually been a steadfast booster: In the hour after the show began, dogecoin’s already volatile price dropped 23% and bounced up and down the next day .

“Saturday Night Live” included an opening exchange between Musk and his mother, who grimaced when he said dogecoin would be her Mother’s Day gift, and an “Update” bit in which Musk appeared as a faux financial analyst, Lloyd Ostertag.

Anchor Michael Che responds with deep skepticism to Ostertag’s complicated description of dogecoin as the future of currency, calling it a ‘hustle and bustle’. Musk in character echoes the feeling, “Yes, it’s a hustle and bustle.”

Last week, CBS was the most watched network in prime time with an average of 4.8 million viewers. NBC had 3.2 million, ABC had 3 million, Fox had 2.3 million, Univision had 1.3 million, and Telemundo had 960,000.

Fox News Channel topped cable networks, averaging 2.1 million viewers in prime time. MSNBC had 1.5 million, HGTV had 1.2 million, and CNN had 907,000.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” was the first in the evening news rating contest, averaging 7.95 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 6.46 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 4.86 million.

For the week of May 3-9: the top 20 programs, their networks and viewers:

1. “NCIS”, CBS, 8.68 million.

2. “FBI”, CBS, 8.06 million.

3. “60 minutes”, CBS, 7.78 million.

4. “The Equalizer”, CBS, 7,224 million.

5. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7,221 million.

6. “Chicago Med”, NBC, 7.09 million.

7. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 6.64 million.

8. “911”, Fox, 5.91 million.

9. “Blue Bloods”, CBS, 5.87 million.

10. “American Idol,” ABC, 5.74 million.

11. “Chicago PD”, NBC. 5.69 million.

12. “The Voice,” NBC, 5.64 million.

13. “NCIS: Los Angeles”, CBS, 5.60 million.

14. “Bull”, CBS, 5.53 million.

15. “FBI: Most Wanted,” CBS, 4.89 million.

16. “Mom”, CBS, 5.29 million.

17. “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 5.19 Million.

18. “911: Lone Star,” Fox, 5.11 million.

19. “Magnum, PI”, CBS, $ 5 million.

20. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 4.96 million.