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NBC's 'Best of' SNL Special Scores Near Season High Ratings

"SNL Best of This Season" averaged a 5.6/14 in household results in Nielsen's 56 metered markets and a 3.0/12 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters from midnight to 1:30 a.m. ET, making it the #1 non-sports telecast of the night on ABC, CBS and FOX in 18-49 rating in the Local People Meters, topping all Primetime entertainment programming on those networks. "SNL Best of This Season" was delayed by the overrun of NBC's Primetime NFL Wild Card playoff coverage.

These are the second-highest "SNL" results of the season to date, behind only the Dec. 21 edition hosted by Jimmy Fallon with musical guest Justin Timberlake (6.4/16 in metered-market households, 3.9/18 in the Local People Meters).

Versus an encore telecast on the same night last year, "SNL Best of This Season" is up 24% in metered-market households (5.6/14 vs. 4.5/11) and up 25% in 18-49 in the Local People Meters (3.0/.12 vs. 2.4/11).

Saturday Primetime Results: Note that the fast-affiliate Nielsens that came in at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT are not time zone-adjusted and typically understate live NFL telecasts. Despite that, NBC is #1 for the night among ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key measures in the fast-affiliate ratings.

In metered-market results, which are time zone-adjusted, NBC Sports' coverage of last night's New Orleans Saints-Philadelphia Eagles game averaged a 20.5 rating, 33 share in metered-market households from 8:15 p.m.-11:15 p.m. ET. Here are points from NBC Sports:

Yesterday's thrilling NBC "Wild Card Saturday" featuring two playoff games decided by two points-or-less on the same day for the first time in NFL postseason history averaged a combined 18.7 overnight rating and 32 share - up 9% from last year (17.2/31) and ranking as the second-best Wild Card Saturday under the Current TV format (since 2002).

The combined 18.7/32 average overnight ranks No. 2 behind only the Jan. 8, 2011 Wild Card Saturday on NBC (19.6/33 average for two one-score games: Saints-Seahawks in NFC followed by Jets-Colts in AFC) since the NFL implemented the current Wild Card Saturday TV windows in January 2002 (2001 NFL season).


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