You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Surge with Justin Timberlake

Saturday's telecast is more than 20% bigger than any 'SNL' this season among young adults

Justin Timberlake brought sexy ratings back to NBC’s  “Saturday Night Live,” with his fifth turn hosting the latenight show producing its top overnight rating in 14 months.

Saturday’s telecast of “SNL,” in which Timberlake served as both host and musical guest, averaged a 5.9 household rating/15 share in Nielsen’s metered markets, topping the season’s previous high by 9% (5.4 for the Oct. 20 edition with Bruno Mars as host and musical guest). It was also up nearly 40% vs. the comparable telecast of last year.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Saturday’s telecast averaged a 3.7 rating — well above the season’s previous high of 3.0 (set on two occasions). The 3.7 rating would also rank it above all but a handful of primetime broadcast series for the week.

The last edition of “SNL” to rate higher than Timberlake’s fifth hosting gig on the show was the Jan. 7, 2012 telecast featuring Charles Barkley as host and Kelly Clarkson as musical guest (which benefited from a huge lead-in on the night for NBC’s coverage of an NFL playoff game).

Saturday’s installment featured appearances by Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen, Chevy Chase, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Martin Short and Paul Simon — all of whom have also hosted “SNL” at least five times.

The next original installment of “SNL” is April 6, with Melissa McCarthy hosting for the second time.

More TV

  • Jeremy Sisto, Ebonee Noel, Dick Wolf,

    Dick Wolf Plots Cross-Network Crossover Between CBS, NBC

    Veteran television producer Dick Wolf, best known for creating the “Law & Order” franchise, is eyeing a cross-network crossover between his CBS freshman procedural “FBI” or its in-the-works spinoff “FBI: Most Wanted” and one of his NBC shows, such as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” or “Chicago P.D.” The decision whether to go with [...]

  • Prince Albert II of Monaco (C),

    Jessica Alba, Gabrielle Union's 'L.A.’s Finest' Opens Monte Carlo TV Festival

    Prince Albert II of Monaco opened the 59th Monte Carlo Television Festival on Friday at a glittering ceremony at the principality’s Grimaldi Forum attended by Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. The Hollywood actresses presented the French premiere of their action cop series “L.A.’s Finest,” which has just been renewed for a second season. “You typically [...]

  • Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba'L.A.'s Finest'

    Jessica Alba, Gabrielle Union Speak About Horrific 'L.A.’s Finest' On-Set Accident

    Actresses Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba spoke about how the horrific accident on the set of their action cop series “L.A.’s Finest” affected them and the crew at the 59th Monte Carlo Television Festival Saturday. They also paid tribute to the main victim of the incident, executive producer/co-showrunner Brandon Sonnier, whose leg was amputated below [...]

  • Emmys: How a Social Media Campaign

    How a Social Media Campaign to Game the Emmys Led to This Week's 'Block Voting' Scandal

    The Television Academy’s “block voting” controversy has quickly become the talk of Emmy season — and that appears to have been the org’s point. According to multiple insiders, the number of people disqualified from voting in this year’s competition is believed to be small, only around three members (out of nearly 25,000 members overall). But [...]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    TV News Roundup: Hulu Drops Trailer for 'Veronica Mars' Revival (Watch)

    In today’s roundup, Hulu dropped the official trailer for the “Veronica Mars” revival and HBO revealed more cast members for “Lovecraft Country.” FIRST LOOKS Hulu has dropped the official trailer for its revival of “Veronica Mars,” set to premiere on July 26. The series will bring back most of the original cast, including Kristen Bell, Jason [...]

  • Dan Stevens

    'Legion' Star Dan Stevens Says His Character Would Fight Thanos, 'Wreak Havoc' in MCU

    Dan Stevens said his powerful, telepathic mutant Legion would do some serious damage if he ever crossed over from the eponymous FX series into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Legion would wreak havoc. He’d probably take on Thanos, let’s see that,” he told Variety on the red carpet at the premiere of the trippy, mind-bending superhero series [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content