Post-Election ‘SNL’ Is Highest-Rated TV Show Among African Americans Since an ‘Empire’ Episode Last Fall

Tony Maglio
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Last Saturday’s post-Election Day “SNL,” hosted by Dave Chappelle, was the highest-rated entertainment TV show among African Americans aged 18-49 (with a 3.98 rating) since the Oct. 1, 2019 episode of Fox’s “Empire” (a 4.08), according to Nielsen’s Live + Same Day data. That early fall 2019 “Empire” was the second episode of the sixth and final season of Fox’s hip-hop soap opera, which was once a huge hit before sputtering off the air in the wake of the scandal over co-star Jussie Smollett. The Chappelle “Saturday Night Live” achievement comes with really just one asterisk — in addition to excluding live news and sports, one must factor out specials and shows that had NFL lead-ins, which tend to inflate an audience quite a bit. Also Read: Post-Election 'SNL' With Host Dave Chappelle Scores Best Rating in 3 Years Last week’s “SNL” episode drew the largest viewership among adults 18-49 living in African-American households (1.764 million) since Eddie Murphy’s hosting turn late last year (1.859 million). With the exception of Murphy’s highly anticipated pre-Christmas return, the Nov. 7, 2020 “SNL” episode had the largest audience among that specific demographic in the show’s known history. Records date back to the 1996-97...

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