The controversial Nov. 7 edition of NBC’s sketch show “Saturday Night Live,” guest-hosted by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, delivered an average of 9.3 million total viewers, NBC announced. That makes it the most-watched installment of “SNL” since Dec. 21, 2013, when Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake appeared on the show.
The latest installment, in which Sia was the musical guest, drew protests from anti-Trump activists while also prompting murmurs about other candidates’ potentially seeking similar showcases from NBC through equal-time rules. NBC received some pressure to cancel the Trump appearance, but held fast to the plan to give the outspoken former “Celebrity Apprentice” host a high-profile spotlight on the network.
Saturday’s show delivered a 2.34 rating and 10 share in adults 18-49, the show’s best demo results since January. Figures are based on “live plus same day” data from Nielsen.
Following the broadcast, the show posted a video of a sketch that was reportedly cut from the telecast due to time constraints, in which Trump’s hair provides fodder for most of the jokes. Here’s the clip: