Lin-Manuel Miranda-Hosted SNL Draws Some of the Show’s Best Ratings in 8 Years

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Audiences wanted to see what the show would do with the latest Trump scandal.
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on SNL
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on SNL

Lin-Manuel Miranda continues to live a charmed life.

Audiences curious to see what the veteran comedy show Saturday Night Live would do with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's latest scandal tuned-in in near-record numbers to see the October 8 show, which was hosted by the Hamilton creator. The show also spoofed Broadway in several skits, making special mention of Miranda’s hit, Hamilton.

Entertainment Weekly reported that the show drew a 5.2 Live+same day household rating in the metered markets and a 2.4 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters. While it was down slightly from the October 1 season premiere (5.8 HH rating, 2.7 in 18-49), the show “is currently equaling the show’s highest Week 2 rating in eight years in the metered markets,” the entertainment magazine reported. The attraction in 2008 was also election-fueled: Tiny Fey’s impression of then vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

In the sought-after demographic of adults 18-49, Miranda’s show drew a 2.4, the show’s highest Week 2 rating since October 5, 2013 (2.7 with host and musical guest Miley Cyrus).

The overnight ratings figures may be adjusted as more general data are assembled over the next few days.

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