It was the highest live coast-to-coast episode, above the first truly live nationwide installment on April 15 hosted by Jimmy Fallon (7.880 million viewers, 2.27 adults 18-49 rating) and also above the next-highest May 6 show hosted by Chris Pine (6.919 million viewers overall and a 1.87 rating in adults 18-49).
The May 13 telecast vs what SNL averaged with originals for the month of May last year was up +71% in adults 18-49 (with a 2.74 rating vs. a 1.60) and up +98% in total viewers (10.337 million vs. 5.233 million for the month of May 2016.
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The highest marks this season were logged by the Feb. 11 episode hosted by Alec Baldwin and featuring musical guest Ed Sheeran (10.843 million viewers, 3.10 in 18-49) and the Nov. 12, 2016 show, the first SNL to follow the November Presidential Election, with host Dave Chappelle and musical guest A Tribe Called Quest (8.691 million viewers, 3.15 in 18-49).
The 2.74 rating in adults 18-49 beats 18 of last season’s 19 SNL originals and the 10.337 million viewers overall tops all 19 first-runs from last season.
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