NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” brought out the big guns for the latest installment of the late-night sketch staple, and it paid off with a season high in the ratings.
Deadline.com reports that Saturday’s episode hosted by Chris Rock, with Prince as the musical guest, delivered a 4.9 household rating in metered markets — a 20% improvement from the show a week earlier, which featured Jim Carrey and Iggy Azalea.
Saturday’s program also turned in a 2.4 average in the key demo of adults 18-49 in Nielsen markets with Local People Meters, up 9% from a week earlier.
“The big household jump was likely helped by Prince’s older but large following,” the report notes, adding: “This was ‘SNL’s’ top household result since Feb. 1 (with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Imagine Dragons, 5.4); in adults 18-49, it was the best rating since March 1 (with host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck, also 2.4).”
It was only the second appearance for Rock on the show as a guest host, after he first hosted in 1996.
The show also announced that Woody Harrelson will host the Nov. 15 show, with Kendrick Lamar as the musical guest.