The ratings slump that plagued Saturday Night Live last season – after the exit of a slew of cast favorites and carrying over to the beginning of this season – may be officially over.
Last night’s show hosted by Woody Harrelson with musical guest Kendrick Lamar drew a 4.1 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.3 among adults 18-49. That was down from the season high marks logged by the most recent SNL original hosted by Chris Rock with musical guest Prince (4.9, 2.4) but was still a sold number, indicating that the rebuilding period at SNL may be nearing its end, with audiences starting to embrace the new cast.
Consider this: the first three editions of SNL this season posted 4.0/2.1 (Chris Pratt, season premiere), 3.9/1.9 (Sarah Silverman) and 3.8/1.8 (Bill Hader).
The following three shows did 4.1/2.2 (Jim Carrey), 4.9/2.4 (Chris Rock) and 4.1/2.3 (Woody Harrelson).