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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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Will Forte leaving SNL

Will Forte will not be part of the cast when Saturday Night Live returns for its 36th season this fall.

In an email message, a representative for Mr. Forte said he offered his thanks to his colleagues and the “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels, writing, “After eight great seasons, Will has […]

Betty White-hosted SNL attracts highest ratings since 2008

The Betty White-hosted Saturday Night Live drew an 8.8/21 household rating/share in the preliminary numbers, becoming the show’s highest-rated episode in 18 months:

With a telecast hosted by Betty White and featuring musical guest Jay-Z, last night’s “Saturday Night Live” averaged an 8.8 household rating, 21 share in the metered markets, highest for the series since November 1, 2008 (9.0/20 for a telecast hosted by Ben Affleck with musical guest David Cook and guest appearances by Republican Presidential nominee Senator John McCain and Tina Fey as Governor Sarah Palin just prior to the 2008 election).

Final numbers will be known in the coming days. The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Betty White will host Saturday Night Live on May 8th

NBC has announced that Betty White will host the May 8th episode of Saturday Night Live.

“I can’t think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day weekend than with Betty White said Lorne Michaels, Creator and Executive Producer of SNL.

Head on over the jump for the press release.

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Betty White confirms she’ll appear on NBC’s Saturday Night Live

Betty White confirmed to PEOPLE that she will appear on NBC’s Saturday Night Live in the near future.

When asked by PEOPLE, “Are you doing Saturday Night Live,” she answered, “Yes,” even if she remains perplexed by the groundswell of support.

“I don’t know why or how,” she says, “but it’s been […]

Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer In Talks To Join MacGruber

Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer are in negotiations to join the cast of MacGruber, the recurring Saturday Night Live skit that paradies the popular 80’s television series MacGyver.  Jorma Taccone, who created the character and directed many of the skits on ‘SNL’, will direct, while ‘SNL’ producer and creator Lorne Michaels is producing.

The skits […]

Peabody Award Winners for 2008

Winners of the 2008 Peabody Awards have been announced.  ABC’s Lost, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, HBO’s Entourage and John Adams and AMC’s Breaking Bad are among the programs in television that were honored with a Peabody Award.

The full list of winners can be found at the official website of The Peabody Awards.

The […]