“Manchester by the Sea” star Casey Affleck and “Saturday Night Live” musical guest Chance the Rapper drew solid numbers for NBC on Saturday night. The episode brought in a 4.9 live/same day rating (that means 4.9 percent of all TV homes watched the show). For comparison, West Newbury native John Cena and musical guest Maren Morris drew a 4.8 rating on Dec. 10. And if we’re comparing Affleck to Affleck, Casey’s older brother, Ben, had a 4.7 rating for his “SNL” episode with Kanye West in 2013.
Affleck’s appearance on the show — which included a very Boston sketch about Dunkin’ Donuts — brought out the viewers, but it also drew criticism because of the actor’s history with sexual harassment allegations. In 2010, two women sued Affleck for sexual harassment after working on his directorial debut, “I’m Still Here.” The women detailed many incidents of inappropriate behavior, including unwanted advances, lewd talk on set, and Affleck referring to women as “cows.” One of the women said she had to order Affleck out of her bed after waking up to find him lying next to her in a T-shirt and underwear. The case was settled out of court.
On Saturday night, Bust magazine tweeted, “Friendly reminder that tonight’s #SNL host Casey Affleck has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women.” Others on Twitter sent messages to NBC asking why the network would have him on the program.
One user tweeted, “#SNL’s host is sexual harasser Casey Affleck. Good, I get to go to bed early.”