In late-night nationals for Saturday night: On May 15, the 35th season finale of “Saturday Night Live” (2.9/12 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) delivered the show’s biggest overall audience for a season-ender in five years, according to “live plus same day” in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research.
With a telecast hosted by Alec Baldwin and featuring musical guest Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” finished within 9 percent of the year-ago finale in adults 18-49 (2.9 vs. 3.2 on May 16, 2009) and is up in total viewers versus last year by 4 percent (7.6 million vs. 7.3 million). The viewer total is the highest for a season finale since May 21, 2005 with a telecast hosted by Lindsay Lohan (7.8 million).
“Saturday Night Live” was the #1 telecast of the night in 18-49 and total viewers, topping all primetime programs on all major networks in metered-market results. In fact, SNL beat every non-sports Saturday primetime broadcast on every network in more than four years in 18-49 (since February 25, 2006).
“Saturday Night Live” has also been a hit this season online. Season to date on NBC.com, the show has delivered the most short-form video views among NBC programs (42.3 million total streams, comprising 36.9 percent of total clip streams). “Saturday Night Live” was also #1 in widget views with 15 million streams (40.7 percent of total widget streams).
Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”