NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has been on a roll this season, and the latest installment appeared to get a bump from Tom Hanks — both in the ratings and creatively.
Hanks participated in numerous skits, including appearing as debate moderator Chris Wallace in a cold open parodying the third Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate. (You can watch the skit below.)
NBC announced that the broadcast delivered season highs in households and adults 18-49, based on Nielsen late-night metered-market data — the show’s best results for an October program in eight years.
The show, which had Lady Gaga as musical guest along with Hanks as guest host, generated a 6.1 rating, 15 share in “live plus same day” household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 3.0/14 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.
“These are the show’s highest ratings so far this season, topping the previous highs set with the season premiere on Oct. 1 (5.8/15 in metered-market households, 2.7/14 in 18-49 in the local people meters),” NBC announced. “For an October edition, they’re the highest ‘Saturday Night Live’ overnights since Oct. 25, 2008 (7.1/16 in metered-market households, 4.0 rating in 18-49 in the local people meters with host Jon Hamm and musical guest Coldplay).”
Here’s the cold open …
Hanks also took part in a memorable installment of “Black Jeopardy!” Here’s the clip …