Amid political turmoil, as legal battle rages over President Trump’s travel ban, and returning to originals after two weeks of Trump in office, Saturday Night Live — with host Kristen Stewart and musical guest Alessia Cara — delivered another set of strong numbers last night, averaging a 5.0 Live+same day household rating in the metered markets and a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local people.
That was on par with the post-inauguration show two weeks ago hosted by Aziz Ansari (5.1, 2.5) as SNL, with Trump in office, is posting its highest ratings since the post-elections Nov. 12 telecast hosted by Dave Chappelle (6.2 HH rating, 3.9 in 18-49).
Despite airing in late-night, SNL‘s 18-49 local people meters rating was the second highest for any broadcast program this week, behind only CBS’ The Big Bang Theory on Thursday (3.3).
Last night’s episode marked Alec Baldwin’s return as Trump. It also featured a surprise appearance by Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and a surprise F-Bomb by host Stewart in the opening monologue.