So far it looks like NBC’s simultaneous live broadcasting of SNL is paying off.
Deadline reports that the first episode of Saturday Night Live to air live coast-to-coast averaged 7.880 million viewers. The episode was hosted by Jimmy Fallon and featured musical guest Harry Styles.
Fallon’s episode was a ratings improvement over last week’s Louis CK-hosted episode (an episode now mired in controversy in regards to plagiarism and Tig Notaro’s Clown Service short film). The Fallon/Styles episode had the most viewers since Alec Baldwin’s record-breaking 17th episode as host.
SNL‘s most recent episode featured another appearance by Baldwin as Trump (meaning “not much longer” is at least a month), and Fallon putting his goofiness to work as Jared Kushner. Melissa McCarthy returned as Sean Spicer for a special Easter announcement, giving the SNL writing staff a chance to poke fun at Spicer’s White House Easter bunny past and his recent inflammatory comments about Hitler.
Saturday Night Live is taking a break the rest of April. The last three of the special coast-to-coast live broadcasts will be hosted by Chris Pine (May 6th), Melissa McCarthy (May 13th), and Dwayne Johnson (May 20th).