'Saturday Night Live' With Bruno Mars Delivers Above Average Ratings

Categories: Broadcast TV,Late Night TV Ratings

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October 21st, 2012


This week's episode of Saturday Night Live  hosted by Bruno Mars averaged a 2.9 rating with adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters up 32% from  last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

via press notes:

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

Saturday Night Live," with host Bruno Mars (5.4/14 in
> metered-market households), dominated its time period with the show's
> highest rating in more than seven months (since March 3 with a
> telecast hosted by Lindsay Lohan featuring musical guest Jack White).
> In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Saturday Night Live"
> averaged a 2.9 rating, 13 share in adults 18-49, "SNL's" top rating in
> the Local People Meters since September 22 (with an episode hosted by
> Joseph Gordon-Levitt featuring musical guest Mumford & Sons). Versus
> "SNL's" year-ago average for October originals, last night's telecast
> is up 10 percent in metered-market households (5.4 vs. 4.9) and up 12
> percent in the Local People Meters (2.9 vs. 2.6).
> * "Saturday Night Live" was the #1 telecast of the night on ABC,
> CBS, NBC and Fox in the metered-market households and the Local People
> Meters, outscoring all primetime programs on those networks. In the
> Local People Meters, "SNL" beat the #2 program of the night on ABC,
> CBS, NBC or Fox by an 81 percent margin (2.9 vs. a 1.6 for ABC's
> Florida State-Miami college football).
> * In national ratings for far this season, original telecasts of
> "Saturday Night Live" are delivering up versus one year ago by 8
> percent in 18-49 rating (with a 2.8 vs. a 2.6, "most current") and 1
> percent in total viewers (7.1 million vs. 7.0 million). In 18-49,
> "SNL" is the #1 Saturday series this season on the major networks,
> ahead of every Saturday primetime show on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

  • Oliver

    Wow, great ratings after a couple of weeks of dismal ones. Bruno Mars must have much more star power than Christina Applegate and Daniel Craig.

  • Ricky

    Surprisingly a very good episode (but how could it not be? Especially compared with last week’s Christina Applegate $#*!-fest…)

    The Pandora sketch was easily the best, and it even has a great extra effect – now that Bruno Mars has proven his great singing ability, there really isn’t any excuse anymore for him to continue subjecting us all to his bland, American Idol-style “singing.” Look at his Billie Joe and Michael Jackson impressions, now THAT’S a demonstration of true talent.

    He definitely had a lot of fun doing this too, if his hyper-ness was anything to go by. It wouldn’t have surprised me if they’d had him substitute for Bill Hader as Stefon (and speaking of which, he was just so helpless last night, I’ve never seen him laugh that hard on the air before that he actually starts crying.)

  • MattD

    yea the Pandora sketch was pretty good, the debate sketch at the beginning wasn’t bad either

  • Jiji Moran

    SNL was good, for a change. I REALLY enjoyed how they made fun of Brad Pitt’s Channel #5 commercial throughout the show.

    However… this program is in DIRE need of a good writing team.

  • Max

    This was probably the best episode I’ve seen in quite a while. And, I agree with other sentiments that the Pandora sketch was probably the best one of the night.

    I knew Bruno Mars could ‘sang’, but he impressed me even more with the singing abilities and range he showed he could do during that sketch.

  • merraanga

    i’d heard of bruno mars but never heard him before. while his music is crap he has some obvious talent. he was funnier than any of the ‘comedians’ on SNL. dunno if that counts for much though. its hard to discern real talent in a ‘shiniest turd in the pile’ situation.

  • DryedMangoez

    Congrats to the first Filipino on SNL since Rob Schneider, I think.

  • Pete

    I thought Christina Applegate was great, but Bruno was even better. Wow, SNL on a roll. They’ve found their new Justin Timberlake.

  • SJ

    I must be in the minority, then. I found last night’s show very bland, especially in light of last week’s stellar outing. I’m kind of tired of Hader and Sudeikis being in nearly every sketch and why is Vanessa Bayer only ever used as a straight (wo)man?

  • Glenda

    I have been watching SNL for about 18 years now and this was easily the worst episode I had ever seen. The Pandora Radio skit was probably the worst skit I have seen ever! Bruno Mars was okay in it. Obviously they taliored the skit to show off his singing ability. But the writing was horrendous.

    Oh do I wish for the good ole days of Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph. Those days had some well written skits!

  • Nancy

    I was pleasantly surprised at Bruno Mars acting. I know he’s a singer but his acting was just as good. This was one of my favorite SNL shows. Hope he comes back.


    That 2.9 is higher than all but 2 shows NBC aired this week

  • Nick

    @Glenda You’re out of your mind. This was possibly the best show of the season, and the Pandora sketch was also possibly the best of the season.

  • Fakeem

    Never listened to Bruno Mars until SNL. I knew he had a bunch of multi-million selling singles, but this episode showed me he has talent and should be around for years to come.

    As for Stephon, I wasn’t the only one laughing ’til i cried. I honestly thought i was gonna have a stroke from my head hurting so much. What was the jewish dracula’s name again, Sydney Applebaum or something?…


  • nunya

    Bruno Mars was great considering he has never done that before. Pandora sketch was fabulous. He’s a natural.

  • Marcus

    Best SNL show since the season premiere. I didn’t know much about Bruno Mars and even less about his music leading up to this show, but the ‘Pandora’ skit was a great showcase of his singing talent.

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