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NOV
20
3 YEARS

'Saturday Night Live' With Jason Segel Matches Ratings High

The episode, with musical guest Florence and the Machine, the Muppets and a guest appearance from Paul Rudd, rises from last week's season low.

SNL Jason Segel Paul Rudd
"Saturday Night Live"

A Muppets-filled Saturday Night Live rose in the ratings with first-time host Jason Segel and musical guest Florence and the Machine.

SNL averaged a 4.6 rating in the metered-market households for NBC, up slightly from last week's season low with second-time emcee Emma Stone and Coldplay (4.6 vs. 4.5).

Sketches included a search for Regis Philbin's replacement on Live!, a Segel-Paul Rudd kiss and a Kemper-pedic bed commercial.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, SNL drew a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, tying the Oct. 12 telecast with Charlie Day and Maroon 5 for the top rating since the season finale on May 21 with Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. Compared to its comparable telecast last year, which had Anne Hathaway leading the way and funnily enough Florence and the Machine, SNL was up 4 percent (2.8 vs. 2.7) in Local People Meters.

Boardwalk Empire star Steve Buscemi is set to host on Dec. 3 with The Black Keys performing in between sketches. Former SNL regular and current Late Night host Jimmy Fallon returns to his old haunts two weeks later with Michael Buble.