UPDATED, 11:08 AM: The time-shifted final numbers are in for the Will Ferrell-hosted January 27 episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live: The show featuring musical guest Chris Stapleton averaged a 2.19 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 7.47 million viewers.
Both are season highs — besting the previous demo mark of a 2.01 rating for the October 14 show hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and featuring musical guest Pink and topping the prior total-viewer high of 7.27 million for the Sam Rockwell-fronted January 13 episode with musical guest Halsey.
PREVIOUSLY, January 28: The return of popular former Saturday Night Live cast member and host Will Ferrell delivered the show’s best ratings so far this season. Last night’s telecast of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Ferrell, who reprised his famous George W. Bush impersonation, and featuring musical guest Chris Stapleton, averaged a 4.9 Live+same day household rating in the metered markets and a 2.3 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters. That was up from last week’s episode hosted by Jessica Chastain (4.3, 1.8), setting new season highs marks in both categories.
SNL 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, ahead of all primetime programming on the broadcast networks, including ABC’s Celtics-Warriors NBA coverage.