SNL share and ratings in the U.S. 2018

Saturday Night Live’s 850th episode, starring Tina Fey, aired on May 19, 2018 and received a 4.5 household rating along with an 11 percent household share. Some of the comedy sketch show’s most popular segments include comedic representations of popular politicians, such as Alec Baldwin’s impression of Donald Trump - a sketch which was seen by over 60 percent of adults in the United States.

Saturday Night Live’s lasting popularity

The show, currently in its 44th season, remains a fixture of American television. Even after over 850 episodes, SNL remains one of the most in-demand television shows in the United States. Some of America’s successful comedians have made a name for themselves as SNL cast members, and weekly guest appearances from celebrities and musicians provide viewers with a unique glimpse of modern pop culture.

SNL in politics

Produced as a variety comedy series, SNL has found itself increasingly present in political discussions since the election of Donald Trump. The president’s comments regarding the show, its ratings, and accusations of collusion have made opinions regarding the show increasing politically divisive. Republicans view the show far less than democrats, and brand the show as one of the most likely sources of fake news in the U.S.

Household share and ratings of Saturday Night Live (SNL) in the United States in 2017-2018 season

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Release date

May 2018


United States

Survey time period

September 30, 2017 to May 19, 2018

Special properties

live plus same day; metered-market households

Supplementary notes

Figures other than for episode 850 come from earlier articles.

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