The first special standalone edition of “SNL” staple “Weekend Update” managed strong numbers in the Nielsen Thursday overnight ratings.
At 9 p.m., the half-hour comedy special drew a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers. It built on its lead in from “The Wall” (1.2, 6.2 million) by 42% in the key demo, and was the number two original show of the night on the Big 4 in the demo behind only “Big Brother” on CBS, as well as the second most-watched. In addition, no summer comedy, new or returning, has debuted higher than a 1.5 in eight years since ABC’s “The Goode Family” in 2009.
It should be noted that many local markets preempted primetime broadcast programming for NFL pre-season football, meaning these numbers could be subject to greater adjustment later today.
After “The Wall” and “Weekend Update,” “The Night Shift” (0.9, 4.5 million) is currently up in the demo on NBC.
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