‘Saturday Night Live’ Hits Two-Year Ratings High with Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake

'Saturday Night Live' Hits Two-Year Ratings

Episode also marks 'SNL's' most-watched pre-Christmas edition since 2004

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake brought some Yuletide sizzle to “Saturday Night Live,” boosting the show to its highest numbers in nearly two years.

In Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets, “SNL” delivered a 6.3 household rating/16 share, its highest mark since the Jan. 7, 2012 edition hosted by Charles Barkley with music guest Kelly Clarkson. In the 25 metered markets that deliver overnight latenight demo ratings, this week’s seg delivered a 3.9/18, also the best since the Barkley/Clarkson combo.

The Dec. 21 seg also marks “SNL’s” highest pre-Christmas edition since Dec. 18, 2004, when Robert De Niro hosted and Destiny’s Child performed.

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  1. Ken says:

    Jimmy worked real hard from start to finish, and his energy level is admirable…but the schmoozy crack-each-other-up lovefest between he and Timberlake is becoming a bit much. If the writing had been a tad sharper, p’haps I wouldn’t have minded the mutual admiration.

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