‘SNL’ Hits Seven-Year Ratings High With Melissa McCarthy’s Return as Sean Spicer

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“Saturday Night Live” continued its ratings winning streak this week, with the most recent episode delivering the most-watched May telecast of the series in the past seven years.

This week’s episode, which featured host Melissa McCarthy’s return as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, averaged a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen overnight data. The previous best May episode aired in 2011, with host Justin Timberlake and musical guest Lady Gaga drawing a 3.7 rating.

It’s also the number two episode of the season in total viewers, behind only the Feb. 11 edition, which drew 10.8 million and featured host Alec Baldwin, and the number three episode of the season in the key demo, behind only the Feb. 11 episode and the Nov. 12 episode with host Dave Chappelle.

In addition, the demo rating is good enough to tie with the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” as the highest-rated broadcast show of the week.

The long-running NBC sketch series has thrived in the ratings thanks in large part to regular appearances by McCarthy as Spicer and Baldwin as President Donald Trump, with this season up 25% in the demo and 31% in total viewers compared to the same point last year. It is currently averaging just under 11 million viewers per episode, counting delayed viewing, making it the most watched season since 1993.

The network and executive producer Lorne Michaels have decided to air the final four episodes of this season live in all time zones. The Season 42 finale airs next week with host Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry.

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  1. Bill B. says:

    The success of SNL this year is trump’s only true success.

    • Frank says:

      You lost you’re a loser.
      Just more people living off the backs of rich high achieving people.
      Stealing life for their own because they are lazy just like hrc and all govern.living off of the public.

      • M Reid says:

        I didn’t lose because I’m not from the states, but I take extreme pleasure from seeing your mutton-head, orange faced god take it on the nose on SNL. Please explain to me how he’s done anything to credibly make your country better in any way shape or form? And you’re being very naive if you think all those people he appointed worked hard to get where they are (including him! Give everyone a million bucks to start out and see what happens). He’s a bully, a narcissist, dumb and uninformed and yet a bunch of yokels, whom he and his ilk are screwing, hang off of every grammatically incorrect and incoherent sentence he mumbles.

      • The Truth Hurts says:

        Aww poor little snowflake Frank can’t handle the fact that his orange god is providing tons of material to be satired day by day.

        Don’t worry Frank! One of these days you may grow up and become an adult and realize you’re “insults” are perfectly describing yourself and every trumptard that thinks the orange buffoon is doing a good job.

  2. DONNA RYNDA says:


  3. Sam Bartner says:

    Well, SNL better make mellisa regular on the show, ones she leaves no one will watch the bunch of untalented actors left.

  4. Cath says:

    Best bit of the night wasn’t even political. It was the Amazon Echo Silver faux ad. As someone in the age range for the “product” I found the ad funny but realistic. The whole cast was perfect and it was well written.

  5. paully says:

    Melissa M has been a factor in Spicer’s demise that’s for sure..

    • Kaboom! says:

      Spicer is still there. The only demise seems to be your mind.

      • The Truth Hurts says:

        Looking in the mirror while typing Kaboom!? Seems the only ones loosing their minds are the trumptards!


  6. heyitsron says:

    Don’t get used to that chateau briand or 3lb lobster dinners. Sean reportedly is on the way out. Loose lips and wagging tongues from “unknown” sources. Donnie got no secrets. Back to hamburgers for ole Mel. And loaded fries.

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