Saturday Night LiveThe first original TV show of 2021, starring John Krasinski in his debut as host and musical guest Machine Gun Kelly, scored 4.4 households live + same day in 44 local markets counted and a 2.0 adults score 18-49 in the 25 markets with local meters.
The January 30 show was on par with SNLThe last Christmas original before the winter break, the December 19 Christmas-themed episode hosted by Kristen Wiig with musical guest Dua Lipa, who scored 4.4 HH and 2.1 18-49 L + SD, and was on top of the other two December broadcasts, December 12 (4.3 in HH) and December 5 (4.1 in HH). Naturally, SNL ‘The odds were higher in the fall, before and immediately after the presidential election.
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In his first episode after the long hiatus, SNL covered some of the biggest stories of the past month and a half, from the Capitol uprising to the GameStop stock market chaos and Tom Brady’s return to the Super Bowl. The show marked the return of actor Aidy Bryant after three and a half months. It also featured a lot of synergies, with Krasinski revisiting his show Office twice, in the opening monologue and in a sketch with “lost” themed songs. Office just started streaming on Peacock after NBCUniversal moved it from Netflix as part of a massive deal.
Driven by election coverage, the current season of SNL – the best of the show since the conclusion of the last election cycle four years ago – for the first time in 46 years of history, it is No.1 among all comedies broadcast and wired live + 7 18-49 and the total number of viewers.
In social interactions, this season SNL is up 48% from last season. The cold opening of the first presidential debate on October 3 drew 30.2 million views, almost four times the highest from last season.
Some of the videos from last night’s episodes, which garnered the most views on Sunday morning, included Cold Open, Weekend Update featuring the CEO appearance parody of My Pillow, Krasinski’s opening monologue, and a skit featuring featured Krasinski as a specialist in affairs with straight out twins The brilliant. You can watch it below:
Next week, Schitt ‘Creeks Dan Levy will do his SNL first host, and Phoebe Bridgers will perform as a musical guest for the first time.