For the first time in the long history of the NBC sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” the show will be truly live in all time zones across the country. NBC announced today that each of the final four shows of the season will air live simultaneously in the four main time zones: at 11:30 p.m. Eastern, 10:30 p.m. Central, 9:30 p.m. Mountain and 8:30 p.m. Pacific.
The move affects the shows airing April 15, hosted by Jimmy Fallon; May 6, hosted by Chris Pine; May 13, hosted by Melissa McCarthy; and May 20, hosted by Dwayne Johnson.
The broadcasts will be repeated at 11:30 p.m. in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.
The show has been enjoying a ratings surge this season, including rising 21% from a year ago in the key 18-49 demo (3.57 rating vs. 2.94) and climbing 26%, or 2.2 million persons, in total viewers with 11.022 million.
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