Thursday, June 13, 2024

“SNL” Ratings UPDATE: Big Jump in Delayed Viewing for Owen Wilson-Kacey Musgraves Season Opener


We were right about “SNL” scoring just 3.5 million viewers Saturday night. Those were the overnight numbers from NBC, and they were half of last season’s premiere.


A lot of people taped the show and watched it later. Who knew? Figures out this afternoon show the 47th season opener scored 4.9 million total viewers. Maybe those 1.4 million more were motivated by the good reviews of the show. It was a very good outing.

The early 3.5 mil guestimate didn’t take all that in. So congrats, “SNL,” on a bigger audience than thought. Seems like there’s a significant group nodding off before 11:30pm! Have some coffee, everyone!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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