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'Weekend Update' Will Air Four Thursday Night Episodes This Summer

Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update is making the move to primetime.

The popular "Saturday Night Live" segment, "Weekend Update", is getting its own series for a short time this summer.

The ratings of "SNL" have surged this season, with Alec Baldwin playing Trump and frequent sketches about the campaign and new administration.

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che will host, with other SNL castmembers expected to appear.

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.

The spinoff news satire show will consist of four episodes to air beginning Thursday, Aug. 10 in the 9 p.m. primetime time slot on NBC. "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", NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement. This makes the current season SNL's highest-rated since the 2008-09 season, which not so coincidentally timed with the 2008 presidential election between candidates then-Sen. It's averaging a shade over 11 million viewers this season (including a week of DVR and on-demand viewing), which is more than any season since 1992-93 - with the rather large caveat that DVR viewing didn't exist or wasn't counted for the first dozen or so of those years.

"Weekend Update", which comments on and satirizes the news and current affairs of the week, has consistently ranked as one of the most popular segments of "Saturday NightLive" throughout the show's storied 42-year history.

"SNL" is going to miss its summer vacation this year.


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