via NBC press release:
'' SCORES ITS TOP NUMBERS SINCE JANUARY
HOSTED BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND FEATURING MUSICAL GUEST CIARA, 'SNL' GENERATES A 15 PERCENT GAIN VERSUS THE SAME NIGHT LAST YEAR IN 18-49
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 14, 2009 – The May 9 edition of "" delivered the show's highest adult 18-49 and total-viewer results in more than three months, according to "live plus same day" in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.
The May 9 telecast, hosted by Justin Timberlake and featuring musical guest Ciara, scored a 3.0, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers overall, "SNL's" strongest results since the January 31 edition (hosted by Steve Martin with musical guest Jason Mraz), which averaged a 3.1/12 in 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers.
Versus the same night last year, the May 9 "SNL" was up 15 percent in 18-49 and 14 percent in total viewers.
"" was the #1 telecast of the night in 18-49 and total viewers, beating all primetime telecasts on all networks. In fact, "SNL's" 3.0 rating in 18-49 last weekend topped every Saturday primetime telecast on every network, excluding sports, in more than three years (since January 21, 2006).
"" wraps up its 34th season May 16 with a telecast hosted by "SNL" alum Will Ferrell and featuring musical guest Green Day.