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Adele was rolling in the ratings last night on “SNL.” The show scored 5.0 million viewers, with a 2.4 in the key demo. An average “SNL” episode scores around 4 million. So that’s big.

The following is from NBC. Also, from me, Lorne Michaels is a genius.

The Oct. 24 telecast of “Saturday Night Live,” with host Adele and musical guest H.E.R., has averaged a 5.0 rating in “live plus same day” household results from 44 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research and a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

The 5.0 in metered-market households is up +28% versus “SNL’s” 3.9 average last October. In 18-49, the local-market 2.4 is up +41% versus the 1.7 average for October 2019.

It’s the #1 Big 4 show of the night in metered-market households, ahead of Fox’s Game 4 coverage of the World Series (5.0 vs. 4.7). In adults 18-49 in the local people meters, “SNL” tied the World Series telecast for #1 for the night (2.4 each).

The Oct. 24 “Saturday Night Live” is the #3 highest-rated “SNL” original in metered-market households and 18-49 in the local people meters among the 21 originals that have aired since Nielsen changed its methodology Oct. 5, 2019, ranking behind only this fall’s high-rated Oct. 3 season premiere (5.6 in households, 2.9 in 18-49) and the historic Dec. 21, 2019 telecast hosted by Eddie Murphy with musical guest Lizzo (6.7 in households, 3.4 in 18-49).

Note that current metered-market results are not compatible with data issued before Oct. 5, 2019 due to changes in Nielsen methodology.

Official-national ratings for the Oct. 24 edition of “Saturday Night Live,” including viewership numbers, are due from Nielsen on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Each of this season’s prior three “Saturday Night Live” originals has ranked as that week’s #1 most-watched entertainment telecast in total viewers (with 8.235 million for the Oct. 3 season premiere, 6.897 million for the Oct. 10 episode and 6.585 million for the Oct. 17 telecast, excludes newsmagazines and live news and sports), while in adults 18-49, “SNL” finished #2 or #3 among entertainment shows each week (with a 1.84 Oct. 3, a 1.41 Oct. 10 and a 1.37 for Oct. 17).

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