Airing for the first time ever live across the country–9:30 p.m. Mountain Time and 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time–Saturday Night Live averaged 7.88 million viewers and a 2.27 rating in adults 18-49, making it the No. 3 show, behind Big Bang Theory and Empire, in the younger demo.
With Jimmy Fallon hosting and musical guest Harry Styles, this was SNL’s best since February and second best since the November edition right after the election.
Last night’s telecast is up +42 percent in adults 18-49 and viewers vs. the April 2016 average.
Last night’s show opened with Alec Baldwin playing President Trump (and Fallon playing Jared Kushner) and included Melissa McCarthy once again playing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, playing a feisty but apologetic Easter bunny.