Post-election ‘SNL’ episode scores show’s best ratings in three years

Dave Chappelle hosted the show hours after Biden beat Trump

The post-election episode of Saturday Night Live has scored the show’s highest ratings in three years.

Last Saturday (November 7), Dave Chappelle hosted the long-running NBC sketch show to 9.064 million total viewers.

The episode scored a 2.62 rating in Live+Same Day adult 18-49 rating, according to official national ratings from Nielsen. This makes the SNL episode the highest rated entertainment telecast across 18-49 since the Oscars on February 9, which scored 5.33 in 18-49.

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It was the highest-rated episode of Saturday Night Live in three and a half years, since Melissa McCarthy hosted the show on May 13, 2017 with Haim as a musical guest.

The most-watched show after Chappelle’s episode dates back to December 21, 2019, hosted by Eddie Murphy with musical guest Lizzo, which was watched by 9.981million viewers.

Chappelle hosted the post-election episode in 2016 too, which was watched by 8.691million viewers and scored a 3.15 18-49 rating.

Last Saturday, the host took aim at Donald Trump, calling him a “racist, hilarious son of a bitch” in his opening monologue.

Alec Baldwin, who has played Trump on Saturday Night Live since 2016, has said he is “overjoyed” at the prospect of losing his job.

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“I don’t believe I’ve ever been this overjoyed to lose a job before!” he began on Twitter, adding: “It will be comforting when we have a President who doesn’t Tweet twice as much as I do … They’re gonna need an enormous shipment of tissues sent to Mar-a-Lago.

“On to my next wish. That everyone who voted in this election maintains that commitment and votes in the 2022 midterm elections. Let’s keep this going!!!”

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