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Saturday Night Live 1975-2017 Ratings Through The Years

Written Foregoing a Weekend Ratings Update by Bridger Cunningham

Saturday Night Live made its debut on NBC on October 11, 1975 amidst NBC's first ratings depression from 1975-84.  It had seen its share of ups and downs in its 43 seasons, with the 1985-86 season viewed as a creative lull.  However, like Grey's Anatomy, SNL manages to reinvent itself as creative powerhouses come and go.  The first 5 seasons featured continual growth, peaking at its Household Ratings Peak.
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Please note data throughout this rich time capsule varies, with only Household Ratings being tracked from 1975-87.  Beyond that, 1988-2008 featured only live data, and from 2008-present, this data is Live+7 DVR viewing.  Follow the color bars, as the purple bar follows the pre-election years and the salmon color highlighted years with elections.


Sources:

1. http://www.thewrap.com/snl-40-saturday-night-live-tv-ratings-nbc-lorne-michaels/
2. http://www.vulture.com/2017/05/saturday-night-live-ratings-this-season-are-unprecedented.html
3. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/saturday-night-live-premiere-ratings-miley-cyrus-1201609711/
4. https://www.yahoo.com/tv/saturday-night-live-flexes-post-election-ratings-muscle-193450560.html