Miley Cyrus Scores Best ‘SNL’ Ratings Since March

Earns best ratings since Justin Timberlake episode

The Oct. 5 telecast of “Saturday Night Live,” with host and musical guest Miley Cyrus, earned the show its best 18-49 rating and total viewers since March 9, when Justin Timberlake was the host and musical guest.

Cyrus’ episode earned a 2.7 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers overall. Timberlake’s episode scored a 3.4/14 in 18-49 and 8.4 million viewers overall.

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Through the first two weeks of the season, “Saturday Night Live” is up versus the first two originals of last season by 4 percent in the 18-49 ratings and 2 percent in total viewers. The show’s┬áThe 2.5 average rating is the show’s best since 2010.

The Cyrus episode started 27 minutes late due to college football overrun, but still scored the show’s top 18-49 rating for a fourth-quarter telecast since Dec. 11, 2010, when Paul Rudd hosted and Paul McCartney was the musical guest.

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Adding to the sweetness of the success: It comes during a rebuilding year for the show, following the departures of Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen.