The NBC sketch show rated lower year-over-year, but topped the night
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” opened its 40th season to soft ratings on Saturday night, according to early numbers.
The episode, with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande, averaged a 4.0/10 in household results in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets and a 2.1/10 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters. That was lower than last year’s season premiere with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire on Sept. 28, 2013, which earned a 4.7/12 and a 2.7/13.
The 40th season premiere was the highest-rated telecast of the night in both metered markets and the local 18-49 ratings.
For further context, it did match last year’s season finale with host Andy Samberg and musical guest St. Vincent which earned a 4.0/10, 2.1/10. It was the the show’s highest metered-market household rating since March 8 with host Lena Dunham and musical guest The National which earned a 4.1/11. And as for the advertiser-coveted 18-49, it closely matched the episode hosted by Anna Kendrick and musical guest Pharrell on April 5 which garnered a 2.2/10.