There’s no disputing these numbers. The Saturday Night Live post-election episode was a big winner, bringing in 9.1 million total viewers and a 2.6 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo, per Nielsen.
That marked the NBC sketch comedy show’s best demo rating since May 2017 (with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Haim), according to Variety.
In total audience, the Nov. 7 episode with musical guest the Foo Fighters, brought in SNL’s largest audience in a year, since Eddie Murphy hosted in December 2019, with musical guest Lizzo. Murphy’s homecoming drew nearly 10 million total viewers.
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Compared to Chappelle’s previous hosting stint, right after the 2016 presidential election, this weekend’s show was up 4 percent in total audience, but down in the demo.
The Nov. 7 episode aired just hours after Joe Biden was declared president-elect, with Pennsylvania pushing him past the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
The cold open featured Jim Carrey as Biden, and Maya Rudolph as Kamala Harris (in an identical white suit no less), as the two comedian’s recreated the Biden and Harris victory speeches.
Moments later in his monologue, Chappelle called it a “pretty incredible day” — after President Trump was voted out of the White House. The comedian offered his thoughts on politics, race, COVID-19 and the Ku Klux Klan.
“I don’t know why poor White people don’t like wearing masks. What is the problem? You wear masks at the clan rally, wear them to Wal-Mart, too,” he quipped.