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Saturday Night Live scores its top finale results in six years in 18-49 and biggest in 15 years in total viewers

The May 21 edition of “Saturday Night Live” averaged a 3.7 rating, 14 share in metered-market household averages, highest for an “SNL” season finale since May 21, 2005, when a telecast hosted by Lindsay Lohan also averaged a 3.7. The last time an “SNL” season-ender scored higher than a 3.7 was on May 14, 2004, when an edition hosted by the Olsen Twins with musical guest J-Kwon earned a 4.2 in 18-49. The year-ago finale scored a 2.9 in 18-49.

In total viewers, last weekend’s finale averaged 9.8 million persons, the highest for a “Saturday Night Live” season-closer since May 18, 1996, when a telecast hosted by Jim Carrey with musical guest Soundgarden averaged 10.0 million. The year-ago finale averaged 7.6 million viewers overall, in 2009, the average was 7.3 million, in ’08 it was 6.5 million and in’07 it was 6.0 million.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Saturday Night Live scores its highest season-closing overnights in seven years

The 36th season finale of “Saturday Night Live” has scored the highest metered-market household average for an “SNL” season-closer in seven years and equaled the highest in 11 years, according to household ratings averages in the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research. Last night’s telecast, hosted by Justin Timberlake and featuring musical guest Lady Gaga, generated a 21 percent increase over last year’s season finale, marking the fourth year in a row “SNL” has matched or topped the season finale of the prior year.

The finale averaged a 7.0/17 HH rating/share in the overnights and a 4.5/18 A18-49 rating/share in the overnights. The complete press release is included after the jump.

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