10:39am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
TV Ratings: 'Saturday Night Live' Dips in Third Week But Still Sets Record
Last night's Saturday Night Live not only managed to catch the attention of Donald Trump — who tweeted that he wasn't impressed with Alec Baldwin's impression of him — but a solid showing of viewers as well.
The episode, hosted by Emily Blunt with musical guest Bruno Mars, was the NBC series' highest household rating for a third telecast of the season since 2008, drawing a 5.0 rating in live-plus-same-day metered market households and a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters. The previous week-three record was held by the Sept. 27, 2008, installment hosted by Anna Faris with musical guest Duffy, which nabbed a 6.0 rating.
SNL's ratings have dipped each week since its Oct. 1 premiere, which was hosted by Margot Robbie. Its season 42 opener scored a 5.8 household rating and a 2.7 in the key demo. Last week, the show drew a 5.2 household rating and a 2.4 in the key demo. Still, the sketch series is performing better than last fall's average as this week's show was up almost 20 percent compared to SNL's October 2015 average.
Last night's telecast featured a debate-spoofing sketch that saw new castmember Alex Moffat portray Anderson Cooper and Cecily Strong as Martha Raddatz in addition to Baldwin's Trump. Afterwards, the Republican presidential nominee himself weighed in on the performance on Twitter:
Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016