Ratings: SNL's Weekend Update Special Performs Strongly

NBC’s Saturday Night Live Weekend Update special this Thursday performed strongly, delivering the night’s second-best numbers.

With significant amounts of preseason NFL preemptions now factored out from all the broadcasters, Weekend Update wound up with 4.7 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating in finals, trailing only CBS’ Big Brother in the demo.

TVLine readers gave the summertime special an average grade of “B+.”

Leading into that, The Wall did 4.2 mil/0.7 (down 20 percent from its previous outing), while A Very Special Night Shift closed the Peacock’s night with 3.1 mil/0.5 (down sharply).

Over on CBS, Big Brother (6 mil/1.9) was steady week-to-week, while Zoo (2.4 mil/0.6) would up with a 50 percent gain.


FOX | Beat Shazam (2.2 mil/0.7) and the newly renewed Love Connection (1.9 mil/0.5) each dipped a tenth.

ABC | Boy Band (2.3 mil/0.5) was steady while Part 2 of the Princess Diana special (4.9 mil/0.7) matched Wednesday’s rating.

THE CW | Penn & Teller (1.5 mil/0.3) and Whose Line (1.3mil/0.3) each dipped a tenth.

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  1. Patrick says:

    I loved it. Glad it did well.

  2. Leesa says:

    I liked SNL weekend update . Most of it was funny , but Leslie Jones is just not funny at all.

  3. Max says:

    Well, for the most incompetent, dumb as a bag of hammers, blow hard of a President we’ve ever had, he did do one thing right. He made SNL funny again. Laughed my a*s off!