'Girls' Star Lena Dunham Drags Down 'SNL' Ratings

The mainstream media can't get enough of Lena Dunham. The American public has a far different take on the 20-something star.

The ratings for Dunham's HBO series Girls continue to shrink in season three, and they never were impressive in the first place.

Now, the weekend's new Saturday Night Live featuring Dunham as host drew lousy ratings despite plenty of hype.

Last night, the Dunham-hosted SNL with musical guest The National averaged a 4.1 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.1 in adults 18-49 in the markets with Local People Meters. That was down 11% in households and down 19% in 18-49 from last week’s show hosted by Jim Parsons. These are SNL‘s second-lowest results of the season in both households and 18-49.

The media narrative tells us Dunham is the voice of her generation, a whip-smart writer and performer who speaks for millions. The reality, alas, is dramatically different.

The SNL episode in question covered for President Barack Obama in the Crimea crisis while lauding the actions of Planned Parenthood.


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