An addendum to THIS post published earlier today... the numbers we've been waiting anxiously for have arrived!
Via press release from NBC:
In short, a lot of you tuned in, giving SNL its best ratings this season - at least, in Nielsen's 56 metered-markets!
A short explanation: Metered-markets ratings are typically the first available ratings information from the previous night, and is based on the electronic measurement service that Nielsen provides in 56 of the nation’s largest markets. In each market a sample of homes is selected to represent that individual market. Usually, networks will provide metered market information as an early indicator of a program’s performance, with the 56 metered markets representing roughly 70% of all USA TV households, or about 80 million homes. Nielsen measures roughly 115 million television households in the USA.
Therefore the 4.9 rating last night's episode of SNL received, translates to close to 4 million viewers - it's highest rating in metered-market households since Justin Timberlake hosted towards the end of last season, in March, when metered-market ratings were plus 1 million viewers. So, as already noted, last night's episode is the highest-rated this season for SNL, which doesn't surprise me, given how active my Twitter and Facebook feeds were while the show aired, many commenting on it.
I expect a more comprehensive ratings breakdown in the next day or two.