As it turns out, Bruno Mars did not just provide the best episode of “Saturday Night Live” of the year when it came to quality; it also gave the show some of the best overnight ratings that it has had in months.
When it just comes to household ratings, the 5.4/14 are the best numbers that the show has drawn since the Lindsay Lohan-hosted episode back in March, which should prove to everyone that getting a good host does help to offset the loss of such great cast members as Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg. In addition to that, we also have to point out that this episode drew a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic that is up almost 50% from where the show has been slumping the past two weeks. This rating is a bit on par to what “SNL” usually gets for new episodes, and it is a trend that we hope continues when Louis C.K. comes on board for the November 3 edition.
Considering that the quality of some recent episodes lately has been subpar, there’s really nowhere else you can look for an explanation here as per the high ratings other than Mars himself. He has extremely loyal fans, and the hype surrounding the appearance may have even lured in some casual viewers. Obviously, the hope now is that the show will continue to keep this momentum moving forward now people realize just how funny “SNL” can be with the right material that is both topical as well as familiar. (Granted, we also don’t think we’ll be seeing Stefan again for a while.)
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