Chris Rock and Prince brought some Black star power to Saturday Night Live over the weekend that surely resulted in a series of high-fives amongst the producers.
The timeless one-two punch of comedy and music legend brought about the show’s best ratings with their adult audience since last March.
Saturday Night Live ratings are on the mend. For a second consecutive show, the late-night program posted week-to-week increases and season highs. Last night, the episode hosted by Chris Rock with musical guest Prince drew a 4.9 rating in the metered markets households and a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with Local People Meters.
That was up by +20%, from last Saturday’s show hosted by Jim Carrey with musical guest Iggy Azalea. In adults 18-49, the ratings gain was 9%.
The big household jump was likely helped by Prince’s older but large following. This was SNL’s top household result since Feb. 1 (with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Imagine Dragons, 5.4); in adults 18-49, it was the best rating since March 1 (with host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck, also 2.4).
Chris Rock’s return to SNL marks the actor’s first time since he was “fired” in 1993. He’s using the added visibility to promote his upcoming directorial debut, Top Five.
Meanwhile Prince performed cuts from his new duel albums, Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and Top Rock Albums, respectively.
Watch Prince’s SNL performance here.