UPDATE, 2:50 PM: Saturday Night Live‘s October 15 edition averaged 7.016 million viewers, the highest for the third SNL of a new fall season in eight years. With host Emily Blunt and musical guest Bruno Mars, the episode’s 7.016 million viewers is up 22% over the 5.749 million SNL averaged last year with October originals. In adults 18-49, last weekend’s SNL averaged a 1.98 rating, 9 share in L+SD, best for a Week 3 SNL since October 12, 2013 (2.09 with host Bruce Willis and musical guest Katy Perry).
PREVIOUS, Oct. 16, 9:55 AM: The fall 2016 episodes of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which follow the race for the White House between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, continue to score the show’s highest household ratings since fall 2012 when the country was embroiled in a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Last night’s show with host Emily Blunt and musical guest Bruno Mars, which featured two Trump-themed skits, drew a 5.0 rating in the Live+same day metered market households and a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters.
This was SNL‘s highest household rating for a third telecast of the season since the Sept. 27, 2008 edition, hosted by Anna Faris with musical guest Duffy, which scored a 6.0 rating. In 18-49, it was the show’s highest Week 3 rating since Oct. 12, 2013 (2.3 with host Bruce Willis and musical guest Katy Perry).
SNL overnight ratings have been slipping in the first three telecasts, 5.8 HH rating and 2.7 in 18-49 for the premiere, 5.2 in HH and a 2.4 in 18-49 in Week 2, 5.0 HH and 2.3 18-49 last night. Still, SNL continues to be well above last fall’s average (last night’s telecast was up +19% versus the show’s October 2015 average for originals in HH and up +15% in 18-49).