March 10, 2013

THE SKED: Justin Timberlake is King of SNL Ratings, Too


In case Justin Timberlake’s qualifications for the 5-Timers Club were in any question, last night’s ratings for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE confirm that he’s the show’s MVP of this era.  SNL had a 5.9 rating in total households last night and a 3.7 in 18-49s, both those numbers the highest since an episode that aired in January 2012, one that was boosted not so much by Charles Barkley as host but because it followed a huge NFL playoff game on NBC.  It’s more impressive than that, though:  apart from being a full point above the next-highest rated episode of SNL this season (host Adam Levine), had Timberlake’s SNL aired in primetime last week (and of course, had it really aired in primetime the ratings would only have been higher), it would have been the 4th highest rated show of the week on any network, behind Big Bang Theory, 2 1/2 Men and the Wednesday American Idol.

If only NBC could get him to join Smash

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."