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[02/09/06 - 12:00 AM]
Saturday Night Live' Delivers a 15-Month High in 18-49 and a 21-Month High in Total Viewers

[via press release from NBC]

'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' DELIVERS A 15-MONTH HIGH IN 18-49 AND A 21-MONTH HIGH IN TOTAL VIEWERS

'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' DELIVERS A 15-MONTH HIGH IN 18-49 AND A 21-MONTH HIGH IN TOTAL VIEWERS

WITH HOST STEVE MARTIN AND MUSICAL GUEST PRINCE, 'SNL' SCORES ITS TOP 18-49 RATING SINCE OCTOBER 2004 AND BIGGEST AUDIENCE SINCE APRIL 2004

'SNL' TOPS EVERY SATURDAY PRIMETIME NON-SPORTS TELECAST ON EVERY NETWORK SINCE MARCH 2003

BURBANK, Calif. � Feb. 9, 2006 � The Feb. 4 telecast of "Saturday Night Live," with host Steve Martin and musical guest Prince delivered the highest "SNL" adult 18-49 rating in 15 months and the biggest overall audience for the program in 21 months.

Last weekend's telecast averaged a 4.1 rating, 16 share in adults 18-49 and 9.3 million viewers overall. Versus the same night last year, "SNL" is up 11 percent in 18-49 (with a 4.1 rating vs. a 3.7) and up 1.6 million viewers overall.

The 4.1 rating in 18-49 for "Saturday Night Live" beats every Saturday non-sports primetime program on every network over the last 34 months (since NBC's March 29, 2003 telecast of "Law & Order: SVU").

The last time "SNL" scored a higher 18-49 rating was Oct. 30, 2004 (host Kate Winslet, musical guest Eminem) and the last time "SNL" had a bigger overall audience was April 10, 2004 (Janet Jackson).

The Feb. 4 telecast marked Martin's record 14th appearance hosting "Saturday Night Live."

Ratings reflect "live plus same day" data unless otherwise noted.





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