'Saturday Night Live' with Host Eli Manning and Musical Guest Rihanna Delivers Slightly Above Average Ratings

Categories: Broadcast TV,Late Night TV Ratings

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May 6th, 2012

Saturday Night Live hosted by Eli Manning with musical guest Rihanna averaged a  preliminary 3.1 rating in adults 18-49 rating in the 25 markets with Local People Meters. That's up four tenths versus the last original SNL on  April 15 when Josh Brolin hosted with musical guest Gotye.

via press notes:

In Late-Night Metered-Market Household Averages for Saturday night:

  • “Saturday Night Live," with host Eli Manning and musical guest Rihanna (5.2/13 in metered-market households), dominated its time period with the #1 rating of the night in metered-market households, ahead of all primetime telecasts on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. This is the highest-rated “SNL” in metered-market households since March 3 (with host Lindsay Lohan and musical guest Jack White)
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Saturday Night Live” averaged a 3.1 rating, 14 share in adults 18-49, the show’s highest LPM rating since March 3. “SNL” was the night’s #1 program in the Local People Meters, ahead of all primetime telecasts on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Versus the same night last year, “SNL” is up 14 percent in the Local People Meters (3.2 vs. 2.8).
  • Chris


    No, SNL indeed got rid of her. Happy Endings came much later.

  • Justin

    SNL Couldn’t be moved to an earlier time without censorship removing “crass” sketches. I’ve always thought they would be pretty cool as repeats during the Summer in Primetime.

  • Joseph

    Except that SNL is the answer to Late Night Programming , during the weekend.
    So you really can not start the show any earlier then 11:pm anyway. Its the show you watch when your up to 2:00am anyway and at home goofing around.

  • josh


    Kristen Wiig was great as the “tanning lady” on Weekend News. SNL needs her for one more season

    what???? she wants to leave ?

  • Oliver

    I wouldn’t be surprised if NBC brings back Weekend Update Thursday. It did very well last election cycle.

  • RyanCanada

    Worst episode of the entire season! wow.. just horrible.

  • Jim

    @Joseph i mentioned how impossible my “dream” was, i already knew the logic u tried to feed me

  • pete

    I thought Eli was a charming host. He’s a football player, but very, very likeable.

  • Joseph

    Maybe running “SNL” live from 9:30-11 P.M. ET or 10-11 P.M. ET on Saturdays might not be a far-fetched idea, especially if first-run programming would lead into it.

  • Rich

    NBC used to run edited repeats of SNL during the week,mostly mid-week,as far back as the mid ’80s. Almost always during spring/summer.

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