# 1 Entertainment Show on Ad-Funded TV – Deadline

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The final scores of season 46 of Saturday Night Live are in, and the venerable late-night skit program ranked as the # 1 entertainment show among all ad-supported networks in the 18-49 adult demo. The show averaged a rating of 2.06 among 18-49 year olds and a total of 9 million viewers in Live + 7 issues.

For the second year in a row, SNL also finished as the # 1 comedy on ad-supported television in the demo. He ranked No.2 in overall viewership after dominating the field for most of the season.

The best finishes arrive despite SNL end the season by hitting lows in its final episodes. The strong averages for the season stem largely from a scorching fall that preceded and immediately followed the November presidential election. He scored the first time SNL aired originals for six consecutive weeks – October 3 to November 7. The race was marked by the October 3 season premiere, hosted by Chris Rock, and the November 7 post-election telecast, hosted by Dave Chappelle, who ranks as SNLis the two highest rated episodes of the season in 18-49.

The show saw a belated increase in audiences with the May 8 edition, hosted by Elon Musk, which became the third highest rated episode of the season’s schedule in the demo behind episodes Chappelle (# 1) and Rock (n ° 2).

SNL is one of the most culturally significant shows in television history, and being No. 1 in its 46th season is a testament to how that relevance has continued to grow over the past five decades, ”said said Susan Rovner, president, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “One of the greatest gifts of this role is being able to watch the ‘SNL’ team do what they do every week, while keeping the show as strong and vibrant as ever.”

SNL generated the most YouTube video views (1.6 billion) of any late-night TV show. It also earned the number 1 New Fans / Followers / Subscribers (2.7 million) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube of all late night shows on TV.

“Kudos to Lorne Michaels and all of the cast and crew on this important milestone. What makes it even more remarkable is that it was accomplished during a pandemic, amid quarantines and protocols. It required an exceptional blend of brilliant, creative entertainment and technological talent, ”said Katie Hockmeyer, executive vice president, Late Night Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.


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