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[02/16/15 - 08:30 AM]
"Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special" Is NBC's Most-Watched Primetime Entertainment Telecast, Excluding Post-Super Bowl Programs, In More Than 10 Years
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, February 15.

[via press release from NBC]

"Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special" (7.8/21 in 18-49, 23.1 million viewers overall from 8-11:30 p.m. ET):

In 18-49, this is:

· Currently NBC's top-rated primetime entertainment telecast, excluding post-Super Bowl programs, in more than eight years, since May 18, 2006 (8.4 with the "Will & Grace" finale), pending updates.

· NBC's top-rated primetime entertainment SPECIAL in 10 years, since Thursday, Feb. 6,2004 (16.7 from 8-9 p.m. ET for a "Friends" clips show the night of the series finale).

· The top-rated "SNL" primetime special in 14 years, since Thursday Feb. 8, 2001 (9.3 from 8:37-9 p.m. ET, following a super-sized "Friends").

In total viewers, this is:

· Currently NBC's most-watched primetime entertainment telecast, excluding post-Super Bowl programs, in more than 10 years, since May 13, 2004 (23.9 million with "ER" the night of the "Frasier" finale), pending updates.

· NBC's most-watched primetime entertainment SPECIAL in 10 years, since Thursday, Feb. 6,2004 (36.9 million from 8-9 p.m. ET for a "Friends" clips show the night of the series finale).

· Pending updates, currently the most-watched "SNL" primetime special in 22 years, since Sunday Nov. 1, 1992 (28.8 million from 9-11 p.m. ET for "SNL Presidential Bash").

NOTE: The current fast-national rating is measured from 8-11 p.m. while in official nationals the show will be measured into the following half-hour and the official-national rating will be adjusted accordingly.

NOTE: In the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research, "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special" averaged a 14.2 household rating versus a 5.5 for the TNT / TBS coverage of the NBA All-Star Game.

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