SNL Ratings Skyrocketed When Donald Trump Hosted

Donald Trump and SNL Ratings

Donald Trump’s hosting gig on SNL this past weekend scored the show its highest ratings in years.

According to preliminary overnight ratings from Nielsen, the Trump-led show earned a 6.6 rating. That means his hosted gig ranked 57% higher than the show’s fall average and 53% higher versus the same episode last year.

According to Variety, it was the highest rating show since the January 7, 2012, “SNL” episode with host Charles Barkley and musical guest Kelly Clarkson.

While final numbers won’t be released until later this week, it is believe that upwards of 9 million total viewers tune-in.

To put those numbers into perspective, last season’s highest-rated episode with host Chris Rock and musical guest Prince, was watched by 7.4 million viewers.

It was a smart move for NBC who placed Trump on the show during November sweeps, a time when advertisers set their rates for the next year.

While his appearance brought in some impressive numbers, he still attracted far less viewers than the previous three GOP debates which attracted 24 million, 23 million, and 14 million viewers.

Written by Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose

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