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NBC’s ‘SNL’ Surge Continues, as Show Hits an Eight-Year High

Feb 22, 2017  •  Post A Comment

NBC’s venerable late-night sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live” has been on a roll lately, and that roll continued with the Feb. 11 show, which the network says ranks as the show’s most-watched telecast in eight years.

The network cites Nielsen Live+7 data, reporting that the show delivered 16.03 million total viewers. For the season to date, NBC reports that “SNL” is delivering its most-watched season in 24 years, based on L+7 data.

The Feb. 11 show, which featured guest host Alec Baldwin and musical guest Ed Sheeran, delivered the biggest overall audience in L+7 since the broadcast of Oct. 19, 2008. “That 2008 telecast featured host Josh Brolin and musical guest Adele, with cameo appearances by vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin,” NBC notes.

The network also reported that the Feb. 11 show averaged a 4.88 rating in adults 18-49, based on L+7 data, ranking No. 2 among broadcast series for the week — behind only NBC’s “This Is Us” and ahead of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory.”

Click here for more of the numbers in the full announcement from NBC.

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