Ratings: SNL Hits 150-Week High, Biggest Audience Since Trump Hosted

Dave Chappelle’s “TV comeback” to host Saturday Night Live delivered a 3.15 demo rating and 8.69 million total viewers, eclipsing the Oct. 22 edition (Tom Hanks/Lady Gaga, 2.4/8.65 mil) to mark new season highs.

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In fact, SNL scored its best demo number since Dec. 21, 2013, when Jimmy Fallon hosted with musical guest Justin Timberlake, and its largest total audience since a year ago, when Donald Trump hosted with musical guest Lady Gaga.

TVLine readers gave the outing, which opened with Kate McKinnon-as-Hillary Clinton’s solemn and well-received performance of the late Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” an average grade of “A-.”

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  1. Kevin says:

    Last night’s SNL was one of the best this season and kudos to Kate McKinnon. Wonder which male cast member should take over the role of Donald Trump even though I was bummed about Taran Killam’s departure.

  2. GuessWhat says:

    JUST A QUESTION: So the N word is ok again? I seem to recall the press gave Che a hard time when he slipped saying it a few weeks back on Weekend Update. But Chappelle said it several times last night with no problem. I guess now that we have a President-elect that says pussy and anything else he wants, we all can too! Wooohooo!

  3. A lot fo the other sketches were a bit fo a miss, but Chappelle’s TWD bit was spot on. A pity Rick James wasn’t in the line up :)

  4. Peter Allan Ker says:

    Make SNL Great Again!