'Weekend Update' From 'SNL' Is Getting Its Own Show This Summer

"Saturday Night Live" is spinning off the popular satirical news segment into its own primetime series.

"Saturday Night Live" has enjoyed a more than 20% bump in ratings this year on the strength of its political material, which has included Alec Baldwin's recurring impression of President Trump and Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

It's official: NBC has picked up a primetime version of, which will have a four-week run during the show's summer hiatus beginning Thursday, August 10 at 9 PM. Weekend Update-with its consistent and recognizable format and topical content-may be the ideal vehicle with which to expand SNL's popular current-event coverage and sharp critiques of the current administration. The half-hour edition of "Weekend Update" also includes plans for Jost and Che's fellow "SNL" cast members to appear. Starting Thursday, Aug. 10, anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost will bring SNL's venerable fake news segment to prime time.

The venerable sketch show averaged 11 million viewers for the first half of its 42nd season, up 22% from previous year.


The season to date is the show's most-watched in 24 years, with viewership up 26 percent over last year and averaging 11 million weekly, NBC said.

NBC's entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told THR, "SNL is having its best season in a quarter of a century - how many shows can say that?! - so we didn't want them to take the summer off".

NBC has not specified whether they will be hour specials or what time they would air.

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