Eddie Murphy made a triumphant return to Saturday Night Live this weekend, hosting the show for the first time in 35 years. And, Murphy being back at Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Center scored big marks for NBC.
According to Deadline, Murphy’s hosting concert brought SNL their best ratings in two and a half years, with Nielsen’s Live + Same Day numbers showing that nearly 10 million viewers watched the long comedy skit over the weekend. end last.
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These are the biggest numbers since Melissa McCarthy hosted the show in May 2017 with musical guest HAIM. And, the 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic band tied Fox’s The Masked Singer’s first season numbers, which means Murphy’s SNL episode and The Masked Singer Season 2 premiere are the episodes Top rated entertainment on TV this season.
On top of that, Murphy’s SNL episode was also the highest rated comedy television broadcast on any broadcast network since the CBS Big Bang Theory series finale last May. Murphy also managed to beat Will Ferrell, who was the top-rated SNL host this season.
Due to the DVR, social media and streaming platforms, the episode’s numbers will continue to increase. During their season so far, SNL gets around 29% of its total minutes viewed on digital platforms, as viewers can watch single sketches or entire episodes.
For example, the December 14 episode of Scarlett Johansson generated 30.4 million views on YouTube in the past week alone. In less than 48 hours, Murphy’s monologue and his sketch of Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood have already exceeded a million views.
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In addition to hosting Murphy and Lizzo as a musical guest, the recent episode of SNL also featured a number of celebrity cameos such as Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin, Larry David, Jason Sudeikes, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Fred Armisen.
Murphy also brought back many of his legendary characters. In addition to Mr. Robinson, Murphy also starred in a buckwheat sketch where he was a competitor on The Masked Singer, Velvet Jones was a competitor on Black Jeopardy, and Gumby showed up at Weekend Update.
Eddie Murphy was a cast member of SNL from 1980 to 1984. He actually hosted the series while he was on the cast, and presented a second time six months after leaving the series to focus on his film career.
Saturday Night Live is now on winter break and will return with live episodes in January 2020. You can see Eddie Murphy creating a serious Oscar buzz in Dolemite Is My Name which is now streaming on Netflix.