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TV ratings: 'SNL' posts best household numbers since February

With Chris Rock as host, 'SNL' posts best household ratings since February

With Chris Rock as host and Prince as musical guest, "Saturday Night Live" this weekend earned its highest ratings since February, according to early Nielsen numbers.

The NBC show averaged a household rating of 4.9/12 in Nielsen's 54 metered markets and a rating of 2.4 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic in the 25 markets with so-called local people meters.

It was the highest-rated episode of the season and ranked as the No. 1 telecast of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in both metered-market households and among 18-to-49-year-olds as measured by local people meters.

The Feb. 1 episode with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Imagine Dragons earned a rating of 5.4/13. 

Season 40 of SNL kicked off Sept. 27. To celebrate the show's 40th anniversary, NBC will air a three-hour special on Feb. 15.

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