Sunday Final Nationals: ‘SNL 40′ is Top-Rated NBC Primetime Entertainment Special in Ten Years

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It was all about NBC on this night in total viewers (20.44 million), and adults 18-49 (6.7 rating/19 share), thanks to the 40th anniversary tribute to “Saturday Night Live”. The network scored its top-rated Sunday night of entertainment programming (excluding Super Bowls and post-Super Bowl programs) in 11 years, since Jan. 25, 2004 (8.5 in 18-49, 23.4 million from 7-11 p.m. on the night of the Golden Globes).

Additional ratings notes for “SNL 40″:

In adults 18-49, this is:

Currently NBC’s top-rated primetime entertainment telecast, excluding post-Super Bowl programs, in more than eight years, since May 18, 2006 (8.4 with the “Will & Grace” finale), pending updates.

NBC’s top-rated primetime entertainment SPECIAL in 10 years, since Thursday, Feb. 6,2004 (16.7 from 8-9 p.m. ET for a “Friends” clips show the night of the series finale).

The top-rated “SNL” primetime special in 14 years, since Thursday Feb. 8, 2001 (9.3 from 8:37-9 p.m. ET, following a super-sized “Friends”).

Excluding the night of the Super Bowl and major award shows, currently the top-rated primetime entertainment telecast on any Big 4 net in three years, since Jan. 22, 2012 (“American Idol,” 7.9), pending updates.

In total viewers, this is:

Currently NBC’s most-watched primetime entertainment telecast, excluding post-Super Bowl programs, in more than 10 years, since May 13, 2004 (23.9 million with “ER” the night of the “Frasier” finale), pending updates.

NBC’s most-watched primetime entertainment SPECIAL in 10 years, since Thursday, May 6,2004 (36.9 million from 8-9 p.m. ET for a “Friends” clips show the night of the series finale).

Pending updates, currently the most-watched “SNL” primetime special in 22 years, since Sunday Nov. 1, 1992 (28.8 million from 9-11 p.m. ET for “SNL Presidential Bash”).

Excluding the night of the Super Bowl and major award shows, currently the most-watched primetime entertainment telecast on any Big 4 net in more than three years, since Sept. 19, 2011 (Ashton Kutcher joins “Two and a Half Men,” 28.7 million) , pending updates.

“The Walking Dead”, airing opposite “SNL 40″, still topped the night (and week) among all of cable in total viewers (12.267 million) but it was the series’ least-watched original telecast since Dec. 1, 2013 (12.051 million).

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Sunday, February 15, 2015
ABC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS(000) A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7:00 America’s Funniest Home Videos 3.6/6 6590 0.7/3 1.4/5 1.8/5
8:00 The Bachelor: Chris Tells All 3.7/6 5672 1.3/5 1.5/4 1.7/4
9:00 The Bachelor 3.9/6 6045 1.4/4 1.5/4 1.8/4
CBS PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS(000) A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7:00 60 Minutes 6.4/11 10460 0.6/3 1.2/4 2.0/5
8:00 Undercover Boss 3.9/6 6455 0.6/2 0.9/3 1.5/4
9:00 CSI 4.4/7 7116 0.6/2 1.1/3 1.6/4
10:00 CSI 4.5/7 7119 0.5/2 1.1/3 1.6/4
NBC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS(000) A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7:00 SNL Red Carpet 6.6/11 11320 2.3/9 3.0/10 4.0/11
8:00 SNL 40 (thru 11:12) 12.5/20 23136 6.1/20 7.8/21 9.2/22
FOX PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS(000) A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7:00 Mulaney 0.7/1 1139 0.2/1 0.4/1 0.5/1
7:30 The Simpsons (r) 0.9/1 1458 0.5/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
7:59 The Simpsons 1.5/2 2674 1.0/4 1.1/3 1.3/3
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.2/2 2079 0.8/3 0.9/2 1.1/2
9:00 Family Guy 1.4/2 2508 1.3/4 1.2/3 1.3/3
9:30 Bob’s Burgers 1.2/2 2010 0.9/3 0.9/2 1.1/2
UNI PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS(000) A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7:00 Aqui y Ahora 1.0/2 1758 0.6/2
8:00 Nuestra Belleza 1.5/2 2857 1.1/3
10:03 Sal y Pimienta 1.2/2 2099 0.8/2
Half-hour breakdowns
NBC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS(000) A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7:00 SNL Red Carpet 6.2/11 10430 1.9/8 2.6/9 3.5/10
7:30 SNL Red Carpet 7.0/11 12210 2.8/11 3.5/11 4.4/12
8:00 SNL 40 13.9/22 25470 6.1/22 8.1/23 9.8/24
8:30 SNL 40 14.2/22 26742 6.7/22 8.7/24 10.5/24
9:00 SNL 40 13.3/20 25166 6.7/21 8.6/22 10.2/23
9:30 SNL 40 12.6/19 23470 6.3/19 8.2/21 9.6/21
10:00 SNL 40 11.4/18 21059 5.8/18 7.3/19 8.5/20
10:30 SNL 40 10.3/18 18973 5.4/18 6.7/19 7.6/19

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research