EXCLUSIVE: For the first time in Saturday Night LiveThe 46-season story of the iconic comedy sketch series has reached a milestone since its launch in 1975. NBC’s current season of SNL was ranked # 1 among all comedies released AND cable in the 18-49 demographic and total viewers (live +7 for both categories).
This is the first time in the history of Nielsen measurements – which dates back to 1987 – that SNL ranked as the # 1 comedy series by total viewers. To add to all the good news, SNL ‘s The 46th season is the best in four years for 18-49 year olds and the total number of viewers. This is in comparison to the first seven episodes of each of these seasons.
Through the first seven episodes of the season, SNL averages a total rating of 4.1 out of 18-49 in linear and digital viewing (live + 35), with a performance of + 27% over comparable episodes from last season and offering the highest rating in the world show at this point in the season since 2016.
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SNL didn’t let the pandemic stop them from bringing the funny. Towards the end of season 45, they aired “At Home” iterations of the show which were recorded remotely starting with the Tom Hank / Chris Martin episode in April 2020. The 46th season kicked off in October with a studio production featuring SNL Chris Rock as host and Megan Thee Stallion as musical guest. That said, full episode viewing on digital platforms has increased significantly from last year, currently surpassing 64% last season. To make things even sweeter, SNL is number 1 on NBC’s current season show on Peacock.
SNL will return with five new back-to-back shows starting Jan. 30 with host John Krasinski and musical guest Machine Gun Kelly. Emmy winner Dan Levy will make his host debut for the February 6 episode with Phoebe Bridgers as the musical guest. Oscar and One night in Miami Director Regina King will take the stage as host on February 13 with Nathaniel Rateliff as musical guest. Hosts and musical guests for February 20 and 27 will be announced at a later date.
SNL is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.