'Saturday Night Live' Premiere With Tina Fey & Musical Guest Arcade Fire Equals Finale Rating

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September 29th, 2013


This week's season premiere episode of Saturday Night Live with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire averaged a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating in the 25 markets with local people meters.

via press notes:

In Late-Night Metered-Market Household Averages for Saturday night (note that “SNL” averages are preliminary and subject to adjustment):

  • “Saturday Night Live," with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire (4.7/12 in metered-market households, 2.7/13 in adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters) is currently equaling the show’s household and 18-49 ratings from the “SNL” season finale on May 18 (with host Ben Affleck and musical guest Kanye West), pending updates.
  • The 39th season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” ranks as the #1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in both 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters and in metered-market household rating, outscoring all primetime programs on those networks.
  • In household rating averages from Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, “Saturday Night Live” is currently matching its highest rating since April 6 (4.8 with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Phoenix). In 18-49 ratings from Nielsen’s 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Saturday Night Live” is equaling its highest rating since April 13 (2.8 with host Vince Vaughn and musical guest Miguel).
  • “SNL” is currently running within a tenth of a rating point of the year-ago premiere, which ran two weeks earlier on September 15, 2012 (4.8/12 in metered-market households, 2.8/12 in the Local People Meters with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean), pending updates.
  • National ratings, including viewer totals, for last night’s “Saturday Night Live” are due from Nielsen on Thursday, October 3.






  • Moses

    In my opinion, last night’s season premier of SNL was one of the least funny shows in the history of SNL. It was almost completely void of humor.

    Hopefully, with the new cast members, the show will greatly improve as the season progresses.

    Despite the failure of that episode, my crush on the night’s host, Tina Fey, continues.

    Cue Tom Hanks.

  • JoeHamm

    Last night’s show was a real half-and-half, meaning everything through to Update had some sparkle. Kinda went down south afterwards. But hey, it’s only the first show of a rebuilding year. There’s always some kinks to work out. I fear Cyrus might just bring those out next week.

    Predicted pairing for November: Tom Hanks/Pearl Jam. It better happen.

  • Ravenrei

    The premiere was a mess. Even a lot of skits were half-and-half, like the fail standup comedian on Update versus Drunk Uncle. And the only thing that was funny in the game show one was Lorne’s one-liner. I did like the opening and closing skits, though, and I’m glad Aidy Bryant finally seems to be getting decent parts.

    It was a stinker of an episode, but I’ll remain hopeful that they can get their act together as the new cast blends into the old. I won’t waste my time with Miley Cyrus crapping all over the show next week, but we’ll see from there.

  • Mike

    Where did they find these new castmembers? Must have been kids that still lived in their parents basement doing youtube skits that only had 3 hits. That had to been the worst show ever. I don’t know why I keep watching this show? Not next week, that’s for sure, unless Miley decides to twerk the writers of the show to death. That would be the best thing that could happen.

  • Nick

    It was a real mixed bag last night. Or in other words, a typical SNL episode. The cold opening was as good as it could be. The airline skit was classic SNL. The gameshow skit was terrible. The porn star skit at the end fell flat, mostly because of Cecily Strong messing it up. She was also pretty flat in her first Weekend Update. Bad choice there. And I’m praying to god they don’t make that standup comedian character recurring. It struck out. Tina Fey was awesome as usual though!

  • Networkman

    The Obama skit at the beginning was pretty good. I didn’t care for Tina Fey’s opening monologue. I did enjoy the parody of HBO’s show Girls. I really thought they would focus more on the women of SNL, since Cecily Strong, Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant are really getting stronger and consistently funny. I feel Kenan Thompson is no longer getting funny skits. The writing is so poor it is not really utilizing his full potential.

  • Pete

    Considering all of the new cast members they had in the mix, I thought it was a good show. Love Tina Fey!

  • Sade

    They misfired by concentrating on the weak new castmembers, rather than the host.

  • AwesomeAndrew

    Arcade Fire was really good on SNL. I liked the New Cast Member or Member of Arcade Fire skit, and the eMeth commercial.

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