Featuring host Adam Driver and musical guest Kanye West, this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” premiere outdrew last year’s season opener.
Citing metered market data, NBC says the episode drew a 4.8 overnight household rating. It posted a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating in the Top 25 markets.
Last year’s opener (host Ryan Gosling, musical guest Jay-Z) drew a 4.5 in households and a 2.1 in the demo.
This Saturday’s episode was, moreover, one of the best-rated season premieres in recent memory. Since 2012, only one season premiere (2016 opener with Margot Robbie and The Weekend; 5.8 rating) has posted a better number.
Not simply strong in comparison to premieres, this weekend’s episode outperformed all but one episode from last season (January 27 episode with Will Ferrell and Chris Stapleton; 4.9).