The last original edition of Saturday Night Live before the Tuesday Presidential elections, with host Benedict Cumberbatch and musical guest Solange, drew a 5.8 Live+same day rating household rating in the metered markets and a 2.8 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters.
That was slightly off the highest mark this season, the most recent new episode on Oct. 22 (6.1 in HH, 3.0 in 18-49 with host Tom Hanks and musical guest Lady Gaga) to log the second best overnights this fall, tied in households with the season premiere.
Last night’s telecast is up +14% versus the show’s November 2015 average for originals in metered-market households (5.8 vs. 5.1) and up +22% in 18-49 in the local people meters (2.8 vs. 2.3 for November 2015).
Last night’s 2.8 in 18-49 was the highest rating for a November telecast since the eve of the previous Presidential election, Nov. 3, 2012 (3.0 with host Louis C.K. and musical guest fun). This is the first time this fall that SNL overnights fell below fall 2012. The previous telecasts this season logged the highest numbers since 2008, the Presidential election campaign that featured GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin.