Saturday Night Live Nielsen Ratings Up Almost 50% Vs. Same Time Last Year

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September 28th, 2008

Tina Fey was back again on Saturday night. The following is from an NBC press release:

'Saturday Night Live' POLLS 46 PERCENT ABOVE ITS YEAR-AGO TELECAST

WITH HOST ANNA FARIS, MUSICAL GUEST DUFFY AND SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY TINA FEY AND CHRIS PARNELL, 'SNL' IS SATURDAY'S #1 PROGRAM IN METERED-MARKET OVERNIGHTS, TOPPING ALL PRIMETIME TELECASTS ON ALL NETWORKS

WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED EARLY START TO ITS '08-09 SEASON, 'SNL' IS RUNNING 52 PERCENT AHEAD OF LAST YEAR'S OPENING THREE EDITIONS IN THE METERED MARKETS

BURBANK, Calif. - September 28, 2008 - "Saturday Night Live" continues to generate red-hot numbers through the opening stretch of its 34th season, last night scoring a 46 percent increase over the show's comparable third episode of last season, according to metered-market household ratings from Nielsen Media Research.

Last night's edition was hosted by Anna Faris and featured musical guest Duffy and special appearances by recent Emmy winner Tina Fey (for "30 Rock"), reprising her role as Republican VP candidate Gov. Sarah Palin, and Chris Parnell, as debate moderator Jim Lehrer. The telecast averaged a 6.0 rating, 15 share in metered-market households, up 46 percent versus the 4.1/10 for last season's third original on October 13, 2007.

Last night's "Saturday Night Live" was the #1 telecast of the evening in the metered markets, beating all primetime programs on all networks.

This is the second highest "Saturday Night Live" metered-market average since February 23 (with host Tina Fey and musical guest Carrie Underwood, the first "SNL" original after the writers' strike), trailing only this season's September 13 debut over that span. Last night's "Saturday Night Live" topped every "SNL" telecast from last season except that February 23 edition in metered-market rating.

Through the first three weeks of its new season, "Saturday Night Live" is running 52 percent ahead of the first three weeks of last season in the metered markets (6.4/16 vs. 4.2/10).

"Saturday Night Live" premiered two weeks earlier this season than in recent years, an unprecedented move designed to take advantage of intense interest in the 2008 election campaign. NBC will continue to tap into this year's heightened political interest with "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday," a series of primetime editions that debut Thursday, October 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET and run for three weeks, and "Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008," which will feature vintage and new material showcasing "SNL's" presidential satire, airing at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, the night before Election Day.

National ratings and demographic results for last night's "Saturday Night Live" are due from Nielsen on Thursday, Oct. 2.

 
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