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‘SNL’ with Host Alec Baldwin Rises to Highest Overnight Rating in Six Years

Alec Baldwin Hits His Record 17th Time as Host

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Alec Baldwin and featuring musical guest Ed Sheeran, rose to its best overnight household rating in six years with a 7.2 rating/18 share based on the 56 monitored markets on Feb. 11. “SNL” also scored a 3.6 rating/18 share among adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters – its best since the Nov. 12, 2016 edition (with host Dave Chappelle and musical guest A Tribe Called Quest, 3.9).

The 3.6 in 18-49 is also the No. 1 rating of the week to-date in the local people meters, topping all primetime programs thus far this week.

Compared to what “Saturday Night Live” averaged with originals for the month of February last year, this 7.2 rating in the meter-market households is up by 50 percent (7.2 vs. 4.8), and the 3.6 in 18-49 in the local people meters is an increase of 57 percent (3.6 vs. 2.3 for the month of February 2016).

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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