Weekend TV Ratings: SNL’s 40th Anniversary Notched a Huge Win for NBC

     February 16, 2015

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The TV ratings for the weekend of Friday, February 13th – Sunday, February 15th are in. Here are some of the highlights:

  • NBC finally got a massive ratings win with Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary special on Sunday. The network reported that it was the most-watched primetime telecast (minus the Super Bowl and other sports) in the key 18-49 demo since the finale of Will & Grace in 2006.
  • The numbers were as such: 7.8 rating for the 18-49 demo, and a 9.2 for the 25-54 bracket. NBC averaged 20 million viewers and a 11 rating share for all of primetime Sunday.
  • mulaney-john-mulaneyOn the opposite end of the spectrum, the series finale of Mulaney managed to dip to its series low at 7 p.m. on Sunday for Fox. It pulled a 0.4 and 1.11 million viewers.
  • Though SNL dominated Sunday night, the (nowhere close) second place winner with young viewers was a special presentation of ABC’s The Bachelor (which usually only airs on Monday nights). It notched a 1.5 rating and 5.62 million viewers at 8 p.m. and 1.5 and 5.98 million viewers for its second segment that began at 9 p.m. (CBS came in second overall though regarding numbers of viewers).
  • Back on Friday, Constantine‘s season (series?) finale was steady but quiet at 8 p.m. with a 0.8 rating and 3.13 million viewers (you can read Dave’s recap here). The show has not been renewed, but it also hasn’t been officially canceled. NBC might be waiting to see if DC steps up and gives them a reason to keep it on the air.
  • At 9 p.m. Friday, NBC’s Grimm was down a tenth to 1.1 and 1.85 million viewers.
  • As for cable, AMC didn’t send out a press release touting The Walking Dead‘s numbers, so it was probably affected by SNL. Those numbers should come out tomorrow though — stay tuned!
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