NBC was pumped up over the weekend about the ratings results for the latest installment of “Saturday Night Live.” Based on Nielsen late-night metered-market results for Saturday night, the network reported that the Nov. 4 show delivered a season-high rating in “live plus same day.”
“With an edition hosted by Larry David and featuring musical guest Miley Cyrus, last night’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ averaged a 4.7 rating, 11 share in ‘live plus same day’ household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 1.8/8 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters,” NBC announced Sunday.
The telecast aired live coast to coast (11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT) and was replayed at 11:30 in Western markets. NBC noted that the early results under-reported the total, as viewership from the show’s 11:30 replays in the Western U.S. had not yet been tallied.
“Last night’s edition hit a new season high in metered-market households, with the show’s best rating since last season’s finale (5.3/13 with host Dwayne Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry),” NBC reported. “It’s the second straight ‘SNL’ original to hit a new season high, after the Oct. 14 episode, hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and featuring musical guest P!nk, averaged a 4.6.”
The announcement adds: “Last night’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ was the #1 telecast of the night on the broadcast networks in both metered-market households and in 18-49 in the local people meters, outrating every Saturday prime-time telecast on those nets in both categories.”
“SNL” has also been adding significant viewership via time-shifting, with this season’s first three originals growing by +57% in 18-49 and +2.899 million persons, or +42% in total viewers going from “live plus same day” Nielsens to “live plus seven day” figures, NBC noted. “In L+SD, those telecasts averaged a 1.92 rating in 18-49 nationally and 6.984 million viewers overall, and in L+7, they grew to a 3.01 in 18-49 and 9.883 million viewers,” the network said.
NBC also reported that the current season is the show’s second-most-watched season in L+7 in 23 years, since “SNL” averaged 11.073 viewers at this point in 1994. Over that span the current season trails only last year’s election-fueled average of 11.063.