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TV Ratings: ‘SNL: Weekend Update’ Opens Strong for NBC

The first standalone edition of “Saturday Night Live” staple “Weekend Update” managed strong numbers in Nielsen’s Thursday overnight ratings.

At 9 p.m., the half-hour comedy special drew a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers. It built on its lead in from “The Wall” (1.2, 6.2 million) by 42% in the key demo, and was the number two original show of the night on the Big 4 in the demo, behind only “Big Brother” on CBS. Additionally, no summer comedy, new or returning, has debuted higher than a 1.5 in eight years since ABC’s “The Goode Family” in 2009.

It should be noted that many local markets preempted primetime broadcast programming for NFL pre-season football, meaning these numbers could be subject to greater adjustment later today.

After “The Wall” and “Weekend Update,” “The Night Shift” (0.9, 4.5 million) is currently up in the demo on NBC.

On CBS, after “Big Brother,” “Zoo” (0.8, 3.5 million) rose significantly in both measures, doubling its demo number from last week.

On ABC, “Boy Band” (0.7, 3.4 million) is up in both measures, followed by part two of the documentary special “The Story of Diana” (1.1, 6 million). The documentary grew throughout its two-hour broadcast.

For Fox, “Beat Shazam” (1.1, 3.7 million) ratings increased in both measures, as did “Love Connection” (1.0, 3.5 million).

On The CW, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.5, 2.1 million) improved in both measures, as did a new episode of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (0.5, 1.7 million).

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