Why Was Last Week’s “SNL” Premiere the Lowest-Rated in Its 47-Year History?

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By Bonnie Stiernberg The numbers are in, and last weekend’s season premiere of Saturday Night Live — which featured host Owen Wilson and musical guest Kacey Musgraves — is officially the lowest-rated premiere in the show’s 47-year history. According to Nielsen data, just 4.9 million people tuned in to the long-running sketch comedy show on Saturday, October 2, compared to 8.2 million who watched last season’s premiere episode. But why such a drastic dip in the ratings? The fact that last year was an election year surely has something to do with it; the Season 46 premiere aired just weeks befor…

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