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[02/05/06 - 12:00 AM]
Snl' Scores Its Highest Overnights in 16 Months

[via press release from NBC]

'SNL' SCORES ITS HIGHEST OVERNIGHTS IN 16 MONTHS

'SNL' SCORES ITS HIGHEST OVERNIGHTS IN 16 MONTHS

WITH HOST STEVE MARTIN AND MUSICAL GUEST PRINCE, 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' GRABS ITS HIGHEST LOCAL-MARKET AVERAGE SINCE OCTOBER 2004

BURBANK, Calif. - Feb. 5, 2006 - Last night's edition of "Saturday Night Live," hosted by Steve Martin and featuring musical guest Prince, delivered the highest "SNL" average rating in 16 months in the local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research.

The Feb. 4 edition of "Saturday Night Live" averaged a 7.0 household rating, 16 share in the metered markets, the highest local-market score for "SNL" since the opening edition of the 2004-05 season on Oct. 2, 2004. Note that averages currently include 53 markets, with Seattle, New Orleans, and Greenville-Spartanburg currently excluded from Saturday's overnight ratings.

Last night's telecast marked Martin's record 14th appearance hosting "Saturday Night Live." For Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and musical superstar Prince, this was his first "SNL" performance since 1981.

National ratings and demographic results for last night's "Saturday Night Live" are due from Nielsen Thursday, Feb. 9.





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