Ratings: ‘SNL’ Wins With Drake

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Show is tops in early numbers

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” was the top show on the broadcast networks Saturday night, according to early numbers.

The episode, with host and musical guest Drake, averaged a 4.7/12 in household results in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets and a 2.7/11 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters. That made it the top telecast of the night in both metered markers and the local 18-49 ratings.

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The early 18-49 numbers tied the third-best for the show this season. It was behind the Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake Christmas episode and the “Best of” episode that ran the night of a huge NFL lead-in. Full numbers will be available later in the week.

The episode was also the first for Sasheer Zamata, the first African-American woman to join the cast since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. She was hired after criticisms that the show needed more diversity.