Last night’s telecast of Saturday Night Live, hosted by James Franco in his fourth time on the show and featuring musical guest SZA, drew a 4.5 household Live+Same Day rating in the metered markets and a 2.1 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters.
That was up from the 4.3 in HH and 1.7 in 18-49 for last week’s telecast hosted by Saoirse Ronan. The 4.5 in households was the best SNL delivery since Nov. 4 (4.7 with host Larry David and musical guest Miley Cyrus) and the 2.1 in 18-49 was the show’s highest mark since Oct. 14 (2.2 with host Kumail Nanjiani and musical guest Pink).
Saturday Night Live was the #1 telecast of the night on the Big 4 networks in both metered-market households and 18-49 in the local people meters, topping all primetime programs.
Elsewhere on Saturday, ESPN’s 2017 MLS Cup telecast – a 2-0 Toronto FC victory over the Seattle Sounders – averaged a 0.7 metered market rating, up 75% from the 0.4 rating for the 2015 MLS Cup – the last Major League Soccer championship game on ESPN. It was the highest metered market rating for MLS Cup on ESPN networks (or on cable) since 2012′ LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo face-off (also 0.7).