TV Ratings: 'Saturday Night Live' Gets a Small Boost With Kristen Wiig

The season's penultimate episode grows with a preliminary 2.7 rating among adults 18-49.
Kristen Wiig on "Saturday Night Live"

Saturday Night Live heads into its season finale with a small uptick in ratings.

According to overnight returns, this week's episode, which saw Kristen Wiig return to the series for her first hosting gig, earned a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 in the the 25 markets with local people meters. That's up two tenths of a point from the most recent original hosted by Zach Galifinakis.

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The telecast was up by the same measure in metered-market households, averaging a 4.6 rating and 12 share. SNL topped all broadcast programming for the night, including ABC's NBA playoff coverage and NASCAR on Fox.

Ben Affleck and Kanye West close out SNL's 38th season next week. Finales tend to bring a boost for the series, though last year's ender with Mick Jager averaged just a 2.7  rating in the targeted demo.