'Saturday Night Live' Season Premiere With Seth MacFarlane Delivers Above Average Ratings

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September 17th, 2012

The season premiere of Saturday Night Live  hosted by Seth Macfarlane with musical guest Frank Ocean averaged a 2.8 rating with adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters. That's up 4 percent from last year's season premiere hosted by Alec Baldwin with musical guest Radiohead, which scored a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.

via press notes:


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

  • The 38th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live," with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean (4.8/12 in metered-market households), dominated its time period. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Saturday Night Live” averaged a 2.8 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49. Versus the year-ago premiere, which ran one week later at the end of primetimes premiere week, the September 15 “SNL” is up 4 percent in the Local People Meters (2.8 vs. 2.7) and is within 6 percent of the year-ago rating in metered-market households (4.8/12 vs. 5.1/13).
  • “Saturday Night Live” was the #1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox both in 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters and in metered-market household rating, outscoring all primetime programs on those networks.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.




  • Doc Michaels

    “Slightly Above Average Ratings” = same old tired, mostly unfunny show.

  • battye

    It was a very good episode.

    “Romney and Bain purchased the company with the sole apparent reason being to lay this man off”. :lol:

  • Oliver

    For all the constant moaning about SNL, it continues to deliver in the ratings. For much of last season it was the #2 show on the whole network.

  • Justin

    See what happens when Kristen Wiig leaves? The show gets better.

  • joss


    No It doesnt she is awesome

  • Ricky

    @Justin: Damn right it got better without Kristen Wiig! Honestly, the producers must have thought there was something inherently funny about her, but most of the time she was overrated, overexposed, and over-the-top – in other words, a terminally unfunny hack. The only times she ever made me laugh were in sketches that were super-hilarious on their own (like the Michael Buble Christmas Duets.) Hell, if Sarah Silverman, Maya Rudolph, or Whiney Cummings were substituted for Wiig in those sketches I still would have laughed, and I never laugh at anything those women say or do.

    Glad Andy Samberg’s gone too, he was no fun either. All they need to do now is eliminate Fred Armisen and it’ll be a perfect cast.

    But I do have to say, I’m scared that Vanessa Bayer is becoming Lorne’s new golden girl. She was getting about as much airtime this weekend as Wiig used to get regularly. She’s funnier than Wiig, yes, but she’ll get old fast if they overuse her. They need to bring on more of Nasim Pedrad. She’s my favorite SNL girl.

  • Oliver

    I found Wiig pretty insufferable on SNL with her shrill characters. She’s a fine in movies, though.

  • Ralph Hahn

    During Kristen’s tenure at SNL, it really wasn’t HER fault. It seems that for a year or two, she was the ONLY female among the main cast so she had a lot of face time in sketches. The female featured performers were not used as much.

    Thank you, NBC and Lorne, for the new show open. But, Grand Central is still the theme of the set. The REAL Grand Central Terminal near the Chrysler Bldg. hasn’t been at the location as the SNL set. lol

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Ricky: >>> Glad Andy Samberg’s gone too, he was no fun either. All they need to do now is eliminate Fred Armisen and it’ll be a perfect cast. <<<

    Before Fred Armisen, I'd take out Bill Hader. Jay Pharoah, maybe in four sketches in the 3-4 years he's been there, does a great Obama. That's the Obama most people don't see…NOT having a teleprompter. The cheap shots against Romney and Ryan were typical SNL, but they are more fair than Letterman.

    I've been watching SNL since it's 2nd episode in 1975 and now I have absolutely idea who some of the guest hosts and musical acts. Seemed that everyone was into Mcfarlane doing cartoon voices from "The Family Guy." I've never watched the show. Seems that NBC just wants the younger viewers.

    We charter fans of the show haven't changed. Only our ages. While the first five years of "SNL" is lionized, its viewers are ignored when it comes to hosts and musical acts. I don't mean old for the sake of old. But, now and then, throw us a bone so that we can be in on the humor.

  • Ralph Hahn

    ARE lionized. :-p

  • Chantal

    Pull the Plug ! This show is no longer funny . Horrible actors and writers.

  • pete

    I thought the show displayed some interesting signs of life considering all of the changes that have taken place this summer. Bill Hader is an amazing performer. And I like the new Obama.

  • ABC hater

    @Chantal And, yet, people keep watching it! :)

  • Johnny G

    The problem I had with Wigg was she played the EXACT SAME old-timey actress character in like 5 different recurring sketches. It got old, fast. However, I thought she was great in Bridesmaids and look forward to her being in movies. Just not one about and old-timey actress… seriously.

  • Johnny G

    As far as this episode goes, I thought it was pretty good. Almost every sketch was great, especially the puppet and Ryan Lockte ones. Can’t wait for all of the political sketches to come.

    Also, Bill Hader is one of the best members SNL has ever had. Shame on you for wishing him gone!

  • CJWoods

    mother loving PSY… nuff said.

  • Tim I

    1.8million viewers is #2 for the network. That’s a good show. There are funny bits, but is it worth the time to watch it?, nope. It’s just sad, the amount of material out there is as great today as ever, but when you focus on only the negative Republican stuff, you’ve eliminated 75% of the good stuff. This show used to write itself every week. Now, Lorne, you’ve driven a stake into the liberal heart of comedy. Dracula weeps…It’s time to pull a friggin “Dallas” out of your butt and call it a “dream sequence”. Let’s get back to a funny as hell show every Saturday Night from the Big Apple. Let me, know if you want some ideas…I dream them every frickin night.

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