‘SNL’ With Host Chris Rock Scores Biggest Season Premiere Audience in 4 Years

Season 46 premiere showcased Jim Carrey’s debut as Joe Biden

“Saturday Night Live” fans turned out in masses for last night’s 46th season premiere, generating the show’s most-watched season debut in four years, according to “fast official” “live plus same day” results from Nielsen Media Research.

Hosted by Chris Rock with musical guest Megan Thee Stallion, the show averaged a 1.68 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.765 million viewers overall, making it the most-watched season premiere since 2016 (with host Margot Robbie and musical guest The Weeknd). Excluding that telecast, the previous ratings record for a season premiere came in 2008 with host Michael Phelps and musical guest Lil Wayne.

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Rosemary Rossi

Rosemary joined TheWrap in 2016 after more than two decades covering entertainment for American Media and Bauer Publishing as West Coast Editor and as the Hollywood Correspondent for Australia’s Horowitz Graham Publishing. In addition, she reviewed films and television, sized up trends and penned a weekly tongue-in-cheek column called “Hollywood’s Worst Ideas This Week” for TWCC.com. Anything and everything about the Golden Age of Hollywood and classic TV are her sweet spot.