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SNL 40 Drew Over 23 Million Viewers

NBC scores huge rating for SNL's 40th anniversary show on Sunday night. It was their top rated entertainment show since 2006.

I loved watching NBC's SNL 40 on Sunday night outside of a douchey Eddie Murphy. Not every skit or guest came off well, but it was great fun and I was sort of hypnotized to my TV screen which made three and half hours seem like sixty minutes.

TVByTheNumbers explains:

On NBC, the SNL 40th Anniversary Red Carpet Special earned a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. The SNL 40thAnniversary Special scored a 7.8 adults 18-49 rating from 8-11PM, and was NBC’s top-rated primetime entertainment telecast, excluding post-Super Bowl programs since the Will & Grace finale on May 18, 2006, which earned a 8.4 adults 18-49 rating. It was also the network’s top-rated entertainment special in ten years, since theFriends clip show that aired before its series finale which notched a 16.7 adults 18-49 rating on May 6, 2004. The final ratings will include the 11-11:30PM half hour. Since television viewership usually decreases after primetime, that may mean that the numbers will be adjusted downward in the finals.

Here's the video highlight of the top political SNL moments. Tina Fey's Sarah Palin is still tops for me.

Jim Carey kills in the SNL audition tapes.

And the Samberg/Adam Sandler digital short was the best entertainment piece of the evening.

Also check out the Beyonce skit with Maya Rudolph,

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