The Highest and Lowest-Rated ‘SNL’ Episodes of Season 46

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Will SpaceX founder Elon Musk blast past the pack? Whether cast members like it or not, Elon Musk is hosting “Saturday Night Live” tomorrow with musical guest Miley Cyrus. Will the Tesla and SpaceX genius score Season 46’s top rating? The short answer is: probably not. The short-er answer is: no. Election years are always highly rated for Lorne Michaels’ sketch-comedy staple, and 2020 was no exception. Unsurprisingly, “Saturday Night Live” is enjoying its most-watched season in four years — since the time Donald Trump actually won (vs. the time he swore he won but definitely did not). “SNL” is the highest-rated comedy on television this season among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen, counting one week of delayed viewing. (It ranks No. 2 in total viewers behind CBS’ “Young Sheldon.”) With stats like that, it’d be a true moonshot for Musk to surpass all of his Season 46 predecessors. The highest-rated individual “Saturday Night Live” episode thus far was the one immediately following the crazy and contested presidential election. Host Dave Chappelle and musical guest the Foo Fighters drew a 2.63 Live + Same Day rating on what was coincidentally the day the election was finally (read: mercifully) called for...

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