10:44am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Saturday Night Live' Holds Strong on Election Eve
It may not have been the most politically focused episode this fall, but Saturday Night Live's ratings hovered near season highs during the last outing before Tuesday's presidential election.
Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon reprised their Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton personas for one more cold open, and the installment averaged a 5.8 rating among households. In the key demo, the NBC show averaged a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49. For a live-plus-same-day score, that was only exceeded by the Oct. 22 episode.
Season-to-date, Saturday Night Live is pulling its biggest audience in 24 years. An average 11.4 million viewers have watched the first four episodes of the season, per live-plus-seven-day tallies. In the key demo, Nielsen gives the show a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 during the same period. That's a high since 2008, the last time an election really catapulted the show's ratings.
Saturday Night Live won't take a break on the weekend following the election. Comedian David Chappelle will make his hosting debut on the Nov. 12 outing with musical guest A Tribe Called Quest.