Going into this weekend’s Jimmy Fallon – Harry Styles episode of Saturday Night Live, the expectations for big ratings were high. After all, this is a show that was airing for the first time EVER across every single time zone, which means that the folks on the West Coast weren’t being forced to watch the show later than usual.
The episode drew as a whole a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and then also close to 7.9 million viewers. These are some of the better ratings that we’ve seen for the show so far this season, and it’s up substantial from the ratings at this point last April. We do think that the timeslot for Mountain / Pacific time zones is one of the reasons for the higher ratings, but far from the only reason. You also have a former cast member in Fallon hosting the show to go along with a former One Direction episode as a musical guest. Both of these guys were ratings draws in their own right.
With all of this said, this is far from the biggest rating of the season. Remember that we’ve had many big shows already this season, including the one hosted by Alec Baldwin, and then also the first one following the election in the fall featuring Dave Chappelle as a host.
Now, we’re getting set to send off SNL into the sunset until the show does manage to return on May 6 with an episode hosted by none other than Chris Pine. We don’t have enormous expectations for that episode, but at the same time, there are two more shows to come beyond that featuring Melissa McCarthy and then also Dwayne Johnson. Given their tremendous star power and history on the show, we’ve got a feeling that the ratings for these shows will be through the roof.
Do you think that the ratings for Saturday Night Live are going to be rising for the final episodes of the season? Share in the comments!
Meanwhile, be sure to head over to the link here in the event that you want to read our review for this weekend’s Fallon – Styles episode. (Photo: NBC.)