The weekend’s Saturday Night Live premiere was second only to the records 2016 when stacked against recent ratings performances. The episode managed to improve from 2017 in early returns.
Saturday’s episode, which was hosted by Adam Driver and featured Kanye West earned a 4.8 overnight rating among metered market households, a 7 percent improvement from the 2017 opener. The show was up even more among younger viewers, with NBC averaging a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters. That’s a 10 percent lift from a year ago.
Timing could not have been better for the show’s return. With Alec Baldwin joining the cast again this season to play Donald Trump, politics remain in sharp focus. Saturday’s episode opened with guest Matt Damon portraying SCOTUS hopeful Brett Kavanaugh.
It also caps off a very good week for NBC, which won yet another premiere week thanks to Sunday Night Football, This Is Us, The Voice and a strong premiere to Manifest.