Saturday Night Live really misses Sarah Palin. Last year's premiere ratings in the midst of Palin/Fey-mania are just a distant, fond memory. Still, being up a tick in the HH ratings vs. 2007 is pretty good news in today's broadcast television world.
Note that these metered market household ratings don't include demographic age group data and are often subject to substantial revision.
directly from NBC:
In late-night metered-market households Saturday night:
- The 35th season premiere of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (4.6/11 in metered-market households), hosted by Megan Fox and featuring musical guest U2, dominated its time period.
- SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE delivered the #1 rating of the night in the metered markets, topping all primetime telecasts on all the major networks. In fact, SNL outscored every Saturday primetime and late-night telecast on every major network over the past 16 weeks (since June 6).
- Last year's season debut, boosted by extraordinary interest in the 2008 Presidential Election and a guest appearance by Tina Fey as Gov. Sarah Palin, earned a 7.5/18 in metered-market households on September 13, 2008. Two years ago, SNL opened with a 4.5/11 on September 29, 2007.