‘Saturday Night Live’ Has Ratings High During Season Premiere

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent

The season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” produced the biggest ratings the show has seen in almost a decade.

(Photo: YouTube screengrab)

(Photo: YouTube screengrab)

The late night show averaged a 5.8 overnight rating among Nielsen Media’s metered market households — the highest any premiere has had in eight years.

“Saturday Night Live” saw a 29 percent increase from the premiere last year and a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49, also up 35 percent from last year. (RELATED: Hillary Clinton Keeps Playing This Song At Her Rallies — SNL Just Pointed Out Why That’s A BIG Problem)


The last time “Saturday Night Live” saw premiere ratings this high was during the 2008 presidential election when Tina Fey impersonated Sarah Palin. That episode averaged a very strong 7.8 rating.

Margot Robbie hosted the premiere Saturday night and The Weeknd performed.

It was Alec Baldwin’s first time playing Donald Trump. (RELATED: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Had A Field Day With Hillary Clinton’s Health Problems)


“Good evening, America,” Baldwin’s Trump said. “I am going to be so good tonight. I am going to be so calm and so presidential.”

“I’ve got a very presidential answer for this,” he said when asked a question by Lester Holt.

“Our jobs are fleeing this country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to Jina. I would stop that. If Hillary knew how, she would have done it already. Period. End of story. I won the debate, I stayed calm, just like I promised, and it is over. Goodnight Hofstra.”