Elon Musk's 'SNL' hosting gig was a ratings hit despite controversy

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The decision by "Saturday Night Live" to bring on controversial host Elon Musk paid off for the popular sketch series, sending ratings skyrocketing. 

The SpaceX and Tesla founder being tapped for the coveted hosting position sparked controversy among both viewers and cast members, many of whom felt the show was celebrating a man for his exorbitant wealth in a time of income inequality. Rumors even circulated that cast members were considering not appearing in the episode with him.

However, it seems the controversy didn't dampen anyone's desire to see what Musk would do. In fact, it seems it heightened attention on the show. Last weekend's episode averaged 7.3 million viewers, making it the third most-watched episode for the season behind the ones hosted by Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, according to Nielsen figures.

A good outcome for the billionaire's first time hosting "SNL," although reviews of his attempts at comedy ranged from charitable to meh.

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

"Saturday Night Live" included an opening exchange between Musk and his mother, who grimaced when he said that 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 reacts to Ostertag's convoluted description of dogecoin as the future of currency with deep skepticism, calling it a "hustle." Musk in character echoes the sentiment: "Yeah, it's a hustle."

Other sketches included Musk as the doctor at a hospital for Gen Z people, which was criticized by viewers for borrowing slang from African American Vernacular English (AAVE). The backlash prompted Che, the sketch's writer, to respond to the backlash on Twitter

In prime-time last week, CBS was the most-watched network with an average 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 the 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 first in the evening news ratings 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 viewerships:

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.

9. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 5.87 million.

10. "American Idol," ABC, 5.74 million.

11. "Chicago P.D.," NBC. 5.69 million.

12. "The Voice," NBC, 5.64 million.

13. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 5.60 million.

15. "FBI: Most Wanted," CBS, 4.89 million.

17. "The Neighborhood," CBS, 5.19 million.

18. "911: Lone Star," Fox, 5.11 million.

19. "Magnum, P.I.," CBS, 5 million.

20. "NCIS: new Orleans," CBS, 4.96 million.

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Elon Musk moves ratings as host of 'Saturday Night Live'

Daily Mail 12 May, 2021 - 10:00am

Host Elon Musk delivering his opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live” in New York on Saturday.

LOS ANGELES >> Elon Musk moved a cryptocurrency’s value and TV ratings with his “Saturday Night Live” appearance.

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

A good outcome for the billionaire’s first time hosting “SNL,” although reviews of his attempts at comedy ranged from charitable to meh.

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

“Saturday Night Live” included an opening exchange between Musk and his mother, who grimaced when he said that 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 reacts to Ostertag’s convoluted description of dogecoin as the future of currency with deep skepticism, calling it a “hustle.” Musk in character echoes the sentiment: “Yeah, it’s a hustle.”

In prime-time last week, CBS was the most-watched network with an average 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 the 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 first in the evening news ratings 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 viewerships:

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.

9. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 5.87 million.

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

11. “Chicago P.D.,” NBC. 5.69 million.

12. “The Voice,” NBC, 5.64 million.

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

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

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

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

19. “Magnum, P.I.,” CBS, 5 million.

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

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Crypto price live: Ethereum and cardano hit record highs as bitcoin and dogecoin settle

Yahoo Finance UK 12 May, 2021 - 10:00am

Bitcoin cash is also on the rise, after surging by more than a third in value over the last week – and 8 per cent overnight – however its more famous cousin has been uncharacteristically stable in recent days.

Some cryptocurrency analysts believe that bitcoin is in a period of consolidation, having more than doubled in price since the start of the year, and the next few days could prove critical in determining its future trajectory.

Price predictions remain generally positive, with a panel of experts forecasting gains for most major cryptocurrencies in the coming months – though dogecoin’s unprecedented bull run this year has divided analysts, who are largely at a loss when it comes to justifying its unrivalled performance.

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Elon Musk Attracts 4 Million Doge Army Avalanche As Wild Tesla Speculation Helps The Dogecoin Price To Suddenly Soar

Forbes 12 May, 2021 - 10:00am

The dogecoin price, up five-fold over the last month alone, has surged this year as speculators pour cash into dogecoin (as well as other, more serious cryptocurrencies).

After Musk created a Twitter poll asking people whether Tesla should begin accepting dogecoin as payment, 4 million people responded—with a landslide 80% calling on the company to support dogecoin and boosting the dogecoin price by 10%.

Tesla billionaire and dogecoin devotee Elon Musk has helped the dogecoin price soar to a ... [+] mind-blowing $65 billion valuation this year.

"Do you want Tesla to accept doge," Musk asked in a Twitter poll that attracted 3.9 million responses. Just over 78% voted yes and the cryptocurrency community largely cheered the suggestion.

"Of course," bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment platform BitPay responded to Musk. "You should hold any doge you accept," added Neeraj Agrawal of Washington D.C.-based cryptocurrency policy think tank Coin Center.

Earlier this year, Musk set the bitcoin market alight when he announced Tesla would hold bitcoin on its balance sheet and begin accepting the cryptocurrency as payment.

Musk created the dogecoin poll following his hotly-anticipated appearance on comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live at the weekend that failed to boost the dogecoin price as many had expected.

Dogecoin crashed 30% from its recent highs during the show before staging a slight recovery. Many dogecoin fans have taken to social media over recent months in an attempt to drum up support for the memecoin, hoping to push the price as high as $1 per dogecoin token—double its current 50 cents.

The dogecoin price jumped after billionaire Elon Musk sparked speculation his electric car company ... [+] Tesla could begin accepting dogecoin as payment.

The dogecoin price has rocketed from a mere fraction of a cent in January amid support from billionaires, YouTubers and rock stars.

Dogecoin, which was created in 2013 as a "joke," has shot up the cryptocurrency rankings this year and is now the fourth most valuable digital token, behind only bitcoin, ethereum and BNB, a token issued by crypto exchange Binance. The dogecoin market capitalization, the combined value of the 129 billion dogecoin tokens in circulation, has climbed to around $65 billion.

Elon Musk's episode of 'SNL' was 3rd most-watched of the season, behind Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock

USA TODAY 12 May, 2021 - 05:17am

Elon Musk moved a cryptocurrency’s value and TV ratings with his “Saturday Night Live” appearance.

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Elon Musk showed his funny side hosting "Saturday Night Live" but also caused a dip in the price of cryptocurrency Dogecoin. Wochit

LOS ANGELES — Elon Musk moved a cryptocurrency’s value and TV ratings with his “Saturday Night Live” appearance.

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

A good outcome for the billionaire’s first time hosting “SNL,” although reviews of his attempts at comedy ranged from charitable to meh.

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

Viewers didn't know what to expect when "Saturday Night Live" announced Elon Musk would host its May 8 episode. But as far as his opening monologue went and throughout the episode, he proved quite the comedian.

"I know I sometimes say or post strange things but that's just how my brain works," the billionaire Tesla CEO said, referring to his confounding social media presence. "To anyone I've offended, I just want to say I reinvented electric cars and I'm sending people to Mars on a rocket ship. Did you think I was also going to be a chill, normal dude?" 

He also disclosed he has Asperger's syndrome, saying he's the first person with Asperger's to host the show. "Or at least," he joked, "the first person to admit it." (Twitter was quick to note that "SNL" alum Dan Aykroyd revealed his diagnosis in 2013, a decade after hosting the show.)

Musk also spoke about his young son. He has been dating singer Grimes (real name Claire Boucher), who now goes by "c," since 2018. The two welcomed a baby boy last year and named him "X Æ A-Xii." Musk joked during the monologue his baby's name was pronounced "cat running across keyboard."

The show included an opening exchange between Musk and his mother, who grimaced when he said that 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 reacted to Ostertag’s convoluted description of dogecoin as the future of currency with deep skepticism, calling it a “hustle.” Musk in character echoed the sentiment: “Yeah, it’s a hustle.”

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Dogecoin Takes a Dive After Elon Musk's Saturday Night Live Appearance

Entrepreneur 11 May, 2021 - 07:44pm

Dogecoin is still in the dog house with investors after Elon Musk’s hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, CNET reports.

Dogecoin rose steeply in the weeks leading up to Musk’s appearance, reportedly in anticipation of a name drop during the show. But followers hoping for another spike were not amused. Dogecoin’s price dropped from 66 cents to below 55 cents during the show, and fell to 43 cents in the hours following the program.

The Tesla and Space-X founder has been talking up the cryptocurrency on Twitter this year, helping to push its price higher. In January, Dogecoin was priced at 1 cent. Last week, the cryptocurrency priced at 70 cents.

Musk did mention Dogecoin by poking fun at the cryptocurrency. His mom Maye got in on the act joking, “I’m excited for my Mother’s Day gift. I just hope it’s not Dogecoin.” Another skit followed on the "Weekend Update" segment, where Musk appeared as a bowtie-wearing Dogecoin expert and called the cryptocurrency a “hustle.”  

Dogecoin’s price is still hovering between 40 and 50 cents — below its pre-SNL trading levels. But the high volatility of cryptocurrencies means its price could bounce back any day.

And Musk is back to talking up the cryptocurrency. On Tuesday, he tweeted a survey to more than 500 million followers asking whether Tesla should accept Dogecoin as payment. 77% of respondents said yes.

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