March 4, 2012

The Sked: SNL RATINGS Viewers Love a Trainwreck

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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>Last night Saturday Night Live with guest host Lindsay Lohan (see a complete review of the sad attempt at a comeback tour) was the second highest-rated episode of the season, behind only the Charles Barkley episode after the very high-rated NFL Wild Card game.  Lohan’s episode last night averaged a 5.5 household rating and 14 share in the 56 metered markets, compared to an 8.2 / 19 for Charles Barkley on January 7.

In the 25 metered markets with demographic ratings, the Lindsay Lohan episode last night averaged a 3.3 rating with Adults 18-49, more than doubling the highest-rated show in prime time Saturday (the 1.3 rating for the 20/20 special My Extreme Affliction on ABC).


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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."