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‘Saturday Night Live’ Season Opener Scores 8.3 Million Viewers

Most-Watched Season Premiere in Eight Years

The 42nd season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Margot Robbie and featuring the first appearance by Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, was the most-watched season debut in eight years. It averaged 8.30 million viewers and built by 31 percent from the year-ago season-opener (6.32 million for the Oct. 3, 2015).

In adults 18-49, the 42nd “SNL season premiere averaged a 2.34 rating/11 share – up 29 percent from the 1.82 rating one year earlier. Comparably, this is the highest-rated “SNL” season premiere in the demo since Sept. 28, 2013 (2.39 with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire).

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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