• The Hollywood Reporter on LinkedIn
  • Follow THR on Pinterest
OCT
2
3 YEARS

Melissa McCarthy-Hosted 'SNL' Draws Solid Ratings

Saturday night's installment of the NBC show was up 2 percent over last week's season premiere featuring Alec Baldwin.

FILM: Melissa McCarthy
Chris Polk/Getty Images for WIF

Melissa McCarthy, who appears on the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, pulled in solid ratings for her debut stint as host of NBC's Saturday Night Live.

THR COVER STORY: Melissa McCarthy Is Having Her Moment

Saturday night's episode, which featured Lady Antebellum as the musical guest, averaged a 5.2 rating/13 share in the metered-market households.

That marked a 2 percent increase over last week's Alec Baldwin-hosted season premiere, which pulled in a 5.1/13.  It also was a 4 percent improvement in the 25 markets with Local People Meters (2.7/12 vs. 2.6/12).

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of THR's Melissa McCarthy Cover Shoot

Compared to the same night a year ago, SNL was 8 percent in the metered-market households (5.2/13 vs. 4.8/12) and also up 8 percent in the Local People Meters markets (2.7/12 vs. 2.5/11).

McCarthy won an Emmy last month for her role on CBS' Mike & Molly. She also drew acclaim for her scene-stealing role in this year's surprise hit movie Bridesmaids.

PHOTOS: The Hollywood Reporter Cover Story Gallery

Among her SNL skits was one in which she sexually harasses the co-worker (Jason Sudeikis) she has a crush on by humping and making out with a balloon animal she says he sent her.

RELATED: 

Melissa McCarthy Working on Comedy with 'The Help' Director; How 'SNL' Made Her Cry

VIDEO: Melissa McCarthy Doesn't Hold Back as 'Saturday Night Live' Host

EXCLUSIVE: 'Bridesmaids' Star Melissa McCarthy Joins Judd Apatow's Next Movie

Melissa McCarthy on SNL: What Hollywood Is Saying About Her Hosting Gig