Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake's ‘SNL’ Nabs Season's Highest Ratings

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake's 'SNL' Nabs Season's Highest Ratings

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It's also the top-rated episode for the NBC sketch show since the Jan. 2012 episode hosted by Charles Barkley with Kelly Clarkson

The pairing of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake (with a surprise appearance by Madonna) was a winning combination for NBC's “SNL” fans on Saturday.

The episode averaged a 6.3 rating/16 share in household results in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets— a very early ratings measurement.

That sets the episode on track to not only be “SNL's” highest rated this season, but also the top-rated “SNL” since the Jan. 7, 2012 episode hosted by Charles Barkley with musical guest Kelly Clarkson (7.0/18 in metered-market households), which benefited from a primetime NFL overrun.

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In comparison, Lady Gaga’s “SNL” hosting/performance stint on Nov. 16 earned a 4.9 rating/12 share in the 56 metered market households. That number matched the Kerry Washington/Eminem episode and beats Miley Cyrus’ showing, which got a 4.5 rating. Those episodes also matched Timberlake’s episode from March.

Additionally, “SNL” can claim the No. 1 spot of the night against ABC, CBS, and Fox in metered-market households. It topped all primetime programming on the broadcast networks in the early measurements.

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National rankings, including viewer totals, will arrive from Nielsen later this week.

  • R Kunty

    Lady Gaga's SNL sucks.

  • William Moore

    SNL was great except for the songs sung by Justin. His first song was way too “techno” for me and it was difficult to even understand the words during his distorted vocal. His second song was better, but I wish he had chosen a Christmas song instead. The duet with Paul and Jimmy was amazing, but with all that “singing star power” on the show, I was disappointed they didn't perform a Christmas song together for a grand finale. That would have been a fitting conclusion for what was otherwise a new classic show!