Ryan Gosling's 'SNL' Appearance Drives Ratings to Multi-Season High

SNL captivates millions with Gosling and Stapleton's dynamic performances.

by Nouman Rasool
Ryan Gosling's 'SNL' Appearance Drives Ratings to Multi-Season High
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"Saturday Night Live" hit another impressive viewership high with its April 13th episode, hosted by Ryan Gosling, and featuring musical guest Chris Stapleton. The episode, filled with a number of big moments, hit a high for ratings this season for the venerable late-night sketch show on NBC.

From the outset, Gosling set a humorous tone, sharing the stage in his monologue with Emily Blunt, his co-star from the upcoming film "The Fall Guy." The duo entertained with a clever spoof, reimagining Taylor Swift's hit "All Too Well" within the whimsical framework of their Barbenheimer discussion.

The episode also included a memorable "Beavis and Butt-head" sketch that left cast member Heidi Gardner in uncontrollable laughter, further adding to the night's memorable antics.

SNL's Ratings Triumph

These engaging segments contributed to "SNL" achieving its highest viewer count since December 11, 2021—when Billie Eilish took on double duties as host and musical act—drawing an impressive 8.9 million viewers after a week of cross-platform viewing.

Last night's episode also scored a 2.0 rating in the key 18-49 age demographic, drawing 2.64 million viewers, a number that not only tops the season average but is also the largest since November 12, 2022, when Dave Chappelle hosted with musical guest Black Star.

This, of course, is a smashing success in digital, especially for Peacock, where the episode was promoted as the most-watched "SNL" episode of all time—although streamers don't share viewership numbers publicly. The skits from the show have this week racked up more than 170 million views on social media, with moments from the show going viral on YouTube with 12 million views, including the "Beavis and Butt-head" sketch.

Still, as "Saturday Night Live" moves deeper into the season, it is continuing to average 7.2 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, effectively holding on to the show's status as something like an institution in American television comedy and cultural critique.

That was only one of the episodes to prove the legacy of this show while exemplifying the dynamics of involving a celebrity host—huge ratings and reach spikes across other platforms.

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