“Saturday Night Live” had the show’s worst ratings ever following a boost in the numbers after Elon Musk hosted the week before.
The NBC show was hosted by comedian Keegan-Michael Key with Olivia Rodrigo as musical guest and had 3.5 million viewers, the Daily Mail reported in a piece published Monday. (RELATED: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 46 Kickoff Scores Highest Ratings For Debut In Four Years)
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The late-night sketch comedy had a 1.5 rating among adults ages 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters with a 3.5 household Live+Same Day rating in the 44 metered local markets, Deadline reported. (RELATED: ‘Saturday Night Live’ From Home Scores Second-Highest Ratings This Season)
In comparison, last week’s show lead by Musk with special music guest Miley Cyrus averaged 7.3 million viewers and was the third most-watched episode of the season behind Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, according to Nielsen figures, Fox News reported.
The outlet noted, the May 8 show averaged a 4.7 in overnight households with a 2.7 in adults ages 18-49.
The May 15 show was closer in line with the last episode before Musk’s, which was on April 10. That night’s show was hosted by Carey Mulligan with musical guest Kid Cudi. It averaged a 3.6 in HH and a 1.5 in the key demo.
To put that further into context, a report in January about “SNL” highlighted how the first seven episodes of the 46th season, which started in October 2020, had scored an average of 4.1 in the 18-49 demo and was performing 27% above last season’s comparable episodes.