“Saturday Night Live” is enjoying strong ratings momentum again this season, notching a season-high number in Nielsen’s overnight markets with its most recent edition hosted by Larry David.
Saturday’s installment grabbed a 4.7 household rating/11 share and 1.8/8 in adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets, which cover about 70% of U.S. TV households. That’s the show’s highest number of the 2017-18 season to date and its top score in the overnights since the 2016-17 season finale seg in May hosted by Dwayne Johnson, which delivered a 5.3/14 in the overnights.
For the season to date, “SNL” episodes are averaging 9.9 million viewers in Nielsen’s live-plus-7 ratings this season. That puts it behind the 11.1 million average at the comparable point last season — when “SNL” had a big resurgence thanks to presidential election-fueled viewership — but it still ranks as the show’s second-best average since 1994.
“SNL’s” first three originals of the season have averaged a 57% spike in adults 18-49 and 42% gain in total viewers in Nielsen’s live-plus-7 ratings.
Saturday’s episode edged past the 4.6 overnight household rating delivered by the Oct. 14 installment, hosted by Kumail Nanjiani.