‘SNL’ Season Debut Best In 3 Years Demo-Wise And 2 Years Overall

The 39th season premiere of NBC‘s Saturday Night Live, with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire, scored the highest adult 18-49 rating for an SNL debut in three years and delivered the biggest overall audience for a season opener in two years, NBC said today. This is damning with some pretty faint praise, given that last year’s SNL season debut was a total ratings write-off — not because Seth MacFarlane hosted, mind you, but because NBC decided to debut SNL early (September 15) so it could start in on those election year plug-a-Thursday-hole Weekend Update specials as fast as possible, only people didn’t seem so ready to start their new SNL season. The end result was a 2.2 demo rating and 6.0 million viewers. (more…)

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