Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

'SNL' Season Ends With 6-Year Finale High

'SNL' Season Ends With 6-Year Finale High

The season finale of NBC's "Saturday Night Live", which opened with a memorable rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" by Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin), Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Eric Trump (Alex Moffat), Donald Trump Jr. Baldwin has been a semi-regular on the show this year in the guise of President Trump. Katy Perry is this week's musical guest. NBC said the program generated the No. 1 broadcast rating of the week in the key 18-49 demo.

Luckily for fans in need of a good laugh this weekend, Saturday Night Live is indeed new this weekend but the unfortunate news is that tonight brings with it the final episode of the season!

Hosted by Dwayne Johnson, in his fifth appearance for the NBC series, the episode also averaged a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49.

1 telecast so far this week on the broadcast networks in 18-49 rating, edging Fox's Empire (2.17). Fear not, though, as NBC is pulling out all of the stops for the final hour of Season 42 with a pair of Saturday Night Live all-stars set to make their way to the stage as the night's host and musical guest.

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For the season, "SNL" is averaging 10.9 million viewers and 3.5 in adults 18-49 in Nielsen's live-plus-7 ratings, its highest season average since 1993-94.

Though full ratings tallies for the season will come in several weeks once all time-shifting is taken into account, SNL approached the finale averaging almost 11 million viewers and a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49.

Versus the same point last season, "SNL" originals are up +27% in 18-49 (3.48 vs. 2.75) and +2.614 million persons or +32% in total viewers (10.880 million vs. 8.266 million).

The show's popularity caught a lot of attention from Trump, whose administration was at the center of many weekly jokes for the show's 11 million viewers, on average.

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