Saturday Night Live’s show scored a 4.3 rating and a ten share in “Live + Same Day” household results from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research. The “Live + Same Day” ratings are the sum up of the views of the people who watch the program in real time or live, plus the views of the people who watch the show via a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) within the same airing date.
Saturday Night Live musical guest Kacey Musgraves also contributed to the show’s ratings success. Because of Kacey Musgraves, SNL scored a 1.8/9 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters. The performance of Musgraves made SNL the No. 1 show during the night. Saturday Night Live topped the other night shows airing on the other three networks of the “Big 4” networks. NBC, SNL mother broadcast network beat Fox, ABC, and CBS.
NBC’s Saturday Night Live is known for its cold openings. The show started by celebrating Mother’s Day in a cold open by top comedian, Amy Schumer. The comedian made the SNL audience laugh with her witty sense of humor. Her jokes tried to dodge political related jokes; she instead anchored sharp riffs on feminism, things moms don’t tell their kids about how they were brought into the world, and jokes on The Handmaid’s Tale. The show is recognized for its political satires, but during the May 12 episode, SNL tried to steer away from being politically bent.
SNL increases its viewership by time-shifting. This season, SNL’s first 18 originals are growing by 58% among viewers aged 18-49, and are growing 2.655 million or 39% in total viewers nationally. SNL has been airing for more than three decades now, and for it to maintain a high viewership over the years, the show is doing something right.