EXCLUSIVE: For the first time in Saturday Night Live‘s 46-season history, the iconic sketch comedy show has hit a major milestone: NBC’s current season of SNL has been ranked No. 1 among all comedies on both broadcast and cable in the adults 18-49 demographic and total viewers (Live+7 for both categories).
This is the first time in Nielsen measurement history — which dates to 1987 — that SNL has ranked as the No. 1 comedy series in total viewers. SNL’s 46th season is also the best result for the show in four years in both 18-49s and total viewers. This is in comparison to the first seven episodes of each of those seasons.
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Through the first seven episodes of the season, SNL is averaging a 4.1 in 18-49 total rating across linear and digital viewing (Live+35), performing 27% above last season’s comparable episodes and delivering the show’s best rating at this point in the season since 2016.
SNL did not let the pandemic stop it from bringing the funny. Towards the end of Season 45, they aired “At Home” iterations of the show that were remotely recorded starting with the Tom Hank-Chris Martin episode in April. The 46th season kicked off in October with an in-studio production featuring SNL alum Chris Rock as host and Megan Thee Stallion as the musical guest.
Full episode viewing on digital platforms is up significantly from last year, currently pacing 64% above last season. To make things even sweeter, SNL is the No. 1 current-season NBC show on Peacock.
SNL will return with five consecutive new shows starting this weekend with host John Krasinski and musical guest Machine Gun Kelly. Schitt’s Creek Emmy winner Dan Levy will make his hosting debut for the February 6 episode featuring Phoebe Bridgers as musical guest. Oscar winner and One Night In Miami director Regina King will take the stage as host February 13 with Nathaniel Rateliff as musical guest. Hosts and musical guests for February 20 and February 27 episodes will be announced at a later date.
SNL is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.
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