The post-election Nov. 7 edition of Saturday Night Live had a perfect timing as it followed a big news day, in which Joe Biden was declared winner of the election. Delayed by the Notre Dame-Clemson football game, SNL, with host Dave Chappelle and musical guest Foo Fighters, averaged a 2.62 rating in Live+Same Day adult 18-49 rating and 9.064 viewers overall, according to official national ratings from Nielsen.
SNL was television’s #1 highest rated entertainment telecast in 18-49 since ABC’s Academy Awards on Feb. 9 (5.33 in 18-49). In total viewers, this is television’s #1 most-watched entertainment program since the season premiere of NBC’s America’s Got Talent on May 26 (9.877 million). The Nov. 7 SNL is also television’s #1 highest-rated comedy telecast in 18-49 since the Big Bang Theory series finale on May 16, 2019 (3.23).
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This is the highest SNL 18-49 rating in three-and-a-half years, since May 13, 2017 (with host Melissa McCarthy & musical guest Haim, 2.74) and the highest most watched SNL telecast since then, behind the Dec. 21, 2019 show hosted by Eddie Murphy with musical guest Lizzo (9.981 million).
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Vs. the comparable 2016 post-election SNL (8.691 million, 3.15 18-49 rating), also hosted by Chappelle, this year’s show was +4% in total viewers and off a bit in 18-49.
The 2.62 rating in 18-49 doubles SNL’s November average from last season (2.62 vs. 1.28, +105%). In total viewers, the increase is +3.031 million viewers or +50% (9.064 million vs. 6.033 million).
With 1.1 million Total Interactions, the Nov. 7 Saturday Night Live ranks as the season’s #1 most-social SNL airing and #1 most-social late-night airing of the week.
Among all programs on YouTube over the weekend, SNL generated the #1, #2 and #3 most-viewed videos, with Biden’s Victory Cold Open (10.0 million views), Chappelle’s Stand-Up Monologue (7.4 million) and Weekend Update: Rudy Giuliani on Trump’s Election Lawsuits (4.2 million).
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