Saturday Night Live is ending 2016 on a high note, with two consecutive weeks of ratings growth. The Dec. 17 telecast, with host Casey Affleck and musical guest Chance The Rapper, drew a 4.9 Live+same day rating in the metered market households and a 2.4 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters. It was a rare SNL episode post-election to feature both the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton characters as played by Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon.
That was up a tenth in each category from the Dec. 10 telecast hosted by John Cena (4.8, 2.3), which also was up week-to-week.· These are the strongest Saturday Night Live local-market ratings since the first episode after the Presidential vote, the Nov. 12 show hosted by Dave Chappelle (6.2, 3.9). Last night’s holiday episode also was up +14% versus the show’s December 2015 average for original telecasts in both metered-market households (4.9 vs. 4.3) and 18-49 in the local people meters (2.4 vs. 2.1).
SNL adds significant viewership via time-shifting, with originals so far this season growing by +59% in 18-49 and +3.438 million persons or +45% in total viewers nationally from Live+same day to Live+7.