There’s no slowing down NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” whose return last week drew the show’s largest young-adult viewership to start a season in three years.
The 39th-season premiere of “SNL,” hosted by Tina Fey and featuring Arcade Fire as musical guest, averaged a 2.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, the show’s best start to a season since its 2010 opener hosted by Amy Poehler.
And in total viewers, last week’s 6.5 million is the best to kick off a season since the 2011 premiere with Alec Baldwin as host. The last “SNL” episode to draw more viewers was the March 9 telecast with Justin Timberlake as host and musical guest.
“SNL” has held up better in the ratings than many other veteran programs in other dayparts. In Live+7 final numbers for last season, “SNL” averaged a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.3 million viewers overall – on par with the previous two years.