“Saturday Night Live” as soon as once more noticed a lift in ratings from the clout of a significant celeb. Most lately, it was mega-watt influencer Kim Kardashian West on the helm of the variability sketch collection.

The Season 47 premiere on Oct. 2, that includes actor Owen Wilson as host, pulled in 4.9 million complete viewers compared to Kardashian who pulled in 5.2 million viewers complete viewers – a 7% enhance, per a report from Nielsen. 

When the viewers demographic was damaged down, Kardashian’s ratings rose 14% with individuals between the ages of 25-54 and 13% with individuals between the ages of 18-49 versus the numbers from the “SNL” premiere. 

It’s not a shock contemplating her 258 million followers on Instagram and 70 million followers on Twitter. And these are simply her private handles. Kardashian additionally posts content material on her SKIMS and KKW Beauty handles. 

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Throughout the week, Kardashian was posting fixed updates on her handles selling her episode and giving followers a sneak peek at what occurs behind the scenes of the present. 

The businesswoman, 40, referred to as out what number of extra individuals watch her each transfer on social media in comparison with who tunes into the late-night comedy present. 

Pictured: (l-r) Kim Kardashian West and Kenan Thompson throughout the ‘Skims’ sketch on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
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“I’m so used to having 360 million followers watching my every move, and how many people watch ‘SNL?’ Like 10 million? Tonight is just a chill, intimate night for me,” she mentioned throughout her monologue. Even then she was overestimating.

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Kardashian’s episode was closely in comparison with when billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk hosted in May 2021. The controversial choice paid off with the ratings. The episode averaged 7.3 million viewers, making it the third most-watched episode for Season 46 behind those hosted by Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, in line with Nielsen figures.

(l-r) Alex Moffat and host Kim Kardashian West during ‘The Dream Guy' sketch on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

(l-r) Alex Moffat and host Kim Kardashian West throughout ‘The Dream Guy’ sketch on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
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It must also be famous that Musk has over 60 million followers on Twitter and is continually tweeting out ideas or updates about his corporations. 

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Kardashian’s and Musk’s presence on the NBC’s stage 8H and the thrill surrounding their debut on the present begs the query of does “SNL” must rethink its internet hosting lineup?

Host Kim Kardashian as Shonda during the ‘Lotto Drawing’ sketch on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Host Kim Kardashian as Shonda throughout the ‘Lotto Drawing’ sketch on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
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More conventional figures in TV and flicks equivalent to comic Keegan-Michael Key and actress Anya Taylor-Joy hosted final yr and had the season’s lowest ratings, each drew a 3.5 family Live+Same Day ranking, per Nielson numbers.

The host’s star energy and controversial nature have appeared to immediately impression the viewers numbers. 

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“If ‘SNL’ wants to stay relevant and successful in the ratings they must understand the power of today’s social-driven stars,” Eric Schiffer, an writer and main knowledgeable in media and branding, advised Fox News relating to the success of Kardashian’s episode. 

Host Kim Kardashian West during the monologue.

Host Kim Kardashian West throughout the monologue.
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“Kardashian and Musk represent strong forces within social media and both have extremely loyal followings,” he added. “People in charge of ‘SNL’ booking need to have social media superstars in the lineup or else face a rating bleed out.”

Schiffer identified that “SNL” is in regards to the host being entertaining and that expertise is a “relative term.”

“Find the right entertainers and today that’s evidenced by having massive social media following. ‘SNL’ has plenty of talent to wrap around the host,” he mentioned. 

The host arising this Saturday night time is Oscar-winner Rami Malek. 

A rep for Kardashian didn’t instantly return Fox News’ request for remark.