'Saturday Night Live' With Host Jimmy Fallon and Musical Guest Justin Timberlake Delivers Highest Overnight Ratings in Two Years

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December 22nd, 2013


This week's  episode of Saturday Night Live with host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Justin Timberlake averaged a 3.9 adults 18-49 rating in the 25 markets with local people meters, way up from the 2.1 the last Saturday Night Live original earned.

via NBC press notes:

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


  • “Saturday Night Live," with host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Justin Timberlake, averaged a 6.3/16 in household results in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets and a 3.9/18 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters, making it the top-rated “SNL” in both categories in nearly two years, since the Jan. 7. 2012 edition hosted by Charles Barkley with musical guest Kelly Clarkson (7.0/18 in metered-market households, 4.1 rating in 18-49 in the Local People Meters), which benefited from a primetime NFL overrun.


  • Excluding nights of NFL overruns, it’s the top “Saturday Night Live” in both categories since the season finale on May 21, 2011, hosted by Justin Timberlake and featuring musical guest Lady Gaga (7.0/17 in metered-market households, 4.5 rating in 18-49 in the Local People Meters).


  • It’s the top-rated “Saturday Night Live” Christmas edition in nine years in metered-market households, since the Dec. 18, 2004 telecast hosted by Robert De Niro with musical guest Destiny’s Child (6.6/16) and the top Christmas show in the Local People Meters in the six years NBC has tracked that measure (excludes primetime Christmas specials).


  • Last night’s results top prior Christmas editions hosted by both Jimmy Fallon (Dec. 17, 2011, 5.3/13 in metered-market households, 3.0 rating in 18-49 in the Local People Meters) and Justin Timberlake (Dec. 16, 2006, 5.5/13 in metered-market households).


  • The Dec. 21 “Saturday Night Live” is the #1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in both metered-market households and 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters, topping all primetime programming on those networks in both categories.




  • Mr. Bayu


  • Mr. Bayu

    3.9! Impossible!

  • Mr. Bayu

    Not surprised!

  • Douglas from Brazil

    Is a result of bad weather?Or Jimmy and JT are really good?

  • Max Vrany

    That 3.9 is a really rough estimate, since it only includes the top 25 markets, but it is impressive.

  • Joseph

    Many people were probably out earlier on Saturday night (December 21st), either going to the movies or doing last-minute Christmas shopping.

    And many of those living in major markets who did watch TV during prime-time were likely watching either the college football bowl games on ESPN or local telecasts of hometown NHL (10 night games last night) or NBA (9 night games last night) teams.

    In fact, the No-Name Bowl on ESPN likely drew better 18-49 and 18-34 numbers than any prime-time show on any broadcast network.

  • Joseph

    Jimmy Fallon’s guest-host stint was no doubt part of the promotion for his taking over “The Tonight Show”.

    I believe Jimmy’s first night as “Tonight” host will be February 24th, the night after the Winter Olympics end.

  • Nick

    Thanks for stating the obvious Joseph. lmao.

  • Phil

    They should be a permanent host/musical guest pairing at least once a year.

  • Joseph A

    It was a rare SNL that was not only packed with special guests not part of the initial billing, but also had skits that for the most part worked.

    Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake had main billing, BUT ,
    this episode also included , Paul McCarney, Barry Gibbs, Madonna, and Mayor Bloomberg of New York ,

    If your going to watch SNL this year this is the episode to catch

  • jenna

    Joseph A, I am not getting your logic. Going in to the show, no one knew about the special guests.

  • Ji (g)

    that was really Madonna, I wasn’t watching that closely. I thought it was a cast member playing Madonna when I glanced at the TV.

    Every week now they are having guest celebrities showing up. They are trying everything to up the ratings.

    SNL seemed about the same to me as far as writing skits goes, just the cast was different. I like Fallon and Justin was good in the skits. But I don’t listen the type of music Timberlake does, so muted the music parts.

  • Gabriel

    Jimmy Fallon and JT always draw big numbers for SNL

  • rick

    Madonna was there but the crowd either didn’t really care or thought it was actually a cast member playing her. Barry Gibb got a lot more reaction.

  • Michael1

    So, blaming Scrooge’s behavior on not following his gay impulses gets the same ratings (3.9) as tracing all that is wrong with the world on following gay impulses (Duck Dynasty). Interesting…

  • rgxx

    Umm – I’m pretty sure Fallon takes the over the Tonite Show next Fall – not after the Olympics – NBC will want time to promote Jimmy over the Summer.

  • HockeyFan

    Can you get ratings of HBO’s 24-7 Red Wings vs Maple Leafs.. compared to the previous two iterations?

  • rick

    Fallon debuts Feb. 17th, right after the Olympics. They wouldn’t depend on promotion during the dead summer months.

  • steve

    Fallon and Timberlake have great chemistry, which makes all performers on the show do better!

  • Gary Middleton

    “Jimmy Fallon and JT always draw big numbers for SNL”

    JT always draws big numbers for SNL.

    This reminds me of the joke Martin Short did in his monologue when Paul McCartney was musical guest: “Between us, we’ve sold 100 million albums.”

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