NBC Saturday: hits w/ ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and ‘Betty White on ‘SNL’ #1


From 8-9 p.m., an encore telecast of “Parenthood” averaged a 0.6/2 in 18-49 and 2.1 million viewers overall.

At 9 p.m., a rebroadcast of “Law and Order” delivered a 0.8/3 in 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers overall.  From its first half-hour to its second, “Law & Order” increased by 29 percent in adults 18-49 (to a 0.9 rating from a 0.7) and by 25 percent in total viewers (to 4.4 million from 3.5 million).

At 10 p.m., an encore telecast of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) is currently matching its highest 18-49 rating in the time period since March 6.  In  total viewers, it’s currently SVU’s biggest overall audience in the slot since February 6 (pending updates).

“Saturday Night Live” has scored its highest metered-market household rating in a year and a half, since the pre-election telecast of November 2008, according to in-home viewing figures from the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research.
With a telecast hosted by Betty White and featuring musical guest Jay-Z, last night’s “Saturday Night Live” averaged an 8.8 household rating, 21 share in the metered markets, highest for the series since November 1, 2008 (9.0/20 for a telecast hosted by Ben Affleck with musical guest David Cook and a guest appearance by Republican Presidential nominee Senator John McCain just prior to the 2008 election).

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, the May 8 edition of “Saturday Night Live” averaged a 5.1 rating, 20 share in adults 18-49, also the show’s highest rating since November 1, 2008 (5.2/18).

“Saturday Night Live” was the #1 telecast of the night, topping all primetime programs on all major networks in metered-market results.  In households, “SNL” doubled the #1 telecast in primetime, ABC’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs (4.4/8 in the metered markets).

The May 8 telecast of “Saturday Night Live” featured performances from show alums Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon.

Versus the same night last year, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE is up 66% in metered-market households (8.8 vs. 5.3).

(source: NBC)