‘Saturday Night Live’ Scores Most-Watched Season Finale Since 2011

'Saturday Night Live' Scores Most-Watched Season

Saturday Night Live” capped a red-hot season on Saturday with its most-watched final episode since 2011.

The show, hosted by Dwayne Johnson with musical guest Katy Perry, averaged 8.3 million viewers and a 2.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen’s live-same-day ratings. The closer featured guest appearances by Alec Baldwin as President Trump, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Hanks. NBC noted that the live rating in 18-49 makes “SNL” the No. 1 entertainment telecast of the week, edging past Fox’s “Empire.”


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Season 42 of “SNL” ranks as the NBC mainstay’s most-watched season in 23 years. Peak viewership of this season’s 20 episodes came on Feb. 11 with Alec Baldwin as host and Ed Sheeran as musical guest. That seg grabbed 10.8 million viewers.

“SNL” was clearly buoyed by viewer interest in the 2016 presidential election and the onset of the Trump administration. Baldwin has been a semi-regular on the show this year in the guise of President Trump. Melissa McCarthy, who hosted last week’s installment, has drawn raves for her no-holds-barred portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

For the season, “SNL” is averaging 10.9 million viewers and 3.5 in adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s live-plus-7 ratings, its highest season average since 1993-94.

Compared to last May, “SNL” viewership is up 58% in total viewers (8.3 million vs. 5.2 million) and up 45% in adults 18-49 (2.3 vs. 1.6). The finale ratings are likely to grow by double digits with delayed viewing factored in.

For its final four episodes, NBC experimented with airing the show live in all time zones, in an effort to capitalize on its heat and make it event viewing at the same time coast-to-coast.

The 2011 season closer, hosted by Justin Timberlake with musical guest Lady Gaga, brought in 9.8 million viewers.

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  1. Gradivus Graham says:

    Alec Baldwin is pretty poor as President Trump; you really have to hate Trump to think it’s either funny or a good portrayal. On the other hand, Melissa McCarthy’s “Sean Spicer” is absolutely phenomenal no matter what your politics are. Compared to Baldwin’s Trump, which is pure cheap shot, McCarthy’s Spicer is comic genius.

  2. Steven Hansen says:

    Please tell me this was the SERIES FINALE! This tired, worn out show hasn’t been funny for more than a decade and should fade away.

    • Jk says:

      HAHAHA poor thing you know that Trump was a terrible pick and you don’t like that SNL has make him the butt of the joked, hahaha I pity you

    • Cath says:

      If you think isn’t funny (and many times only 15 minutes of the material is first rate) why do you care if it is on or not?

  3. quiz SHow says:

    None of this is as remotely funny as Rachel Maddow’s face on election night. Not even close.

  4. Queen Spotter says:

    “Liberal reactions to Trump’s win” on YouTube is STILL the funniest stuff in years. Priceless. Those snowflake tears….hysterical stuff!

  5. Mark says:

    All while little donny drumpf bows to and kisses the ring of the Saudi king.

    • Coleman says:

      You sir, are an idiot. Trump just made a 100 billion dollar deal while you silly little people make silly little parodies and giggle among each other like sprites in the woods.

      • KLine says:

        To Cath the snowflake: Hollywood sells to them also. Hollywood sells to the Japanese and they bombed Pearl Harbor. But keep giggling at SNL, and hating Trump snowflake. You only have 7 3/4 more years to go.

      • Cath says:

        Selling planes to the people who financed 9/11.

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