The "SNL" Season 47 premiere is now the lowest-rated episode among adults 18-49 in the show's long-running history, according to Nielsen. While Saturday's episode, hosted by Owen Wilson, was the least-watched season premiere episode of all-time, it was not the least-watched of any episode ever in terms of total viewers.
This past Saturday's episode, which was hosted by Owen Wilson, drew a 0.92 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 4.9 million total viewers. Those Nielsen numbers were down 50% in the demo and 41% overall from the show's Season 46 premiere, which was hosted by Chris Rock.
Rock's episode scored a 1.85 national rating among adults 18-49 and 8.252 million overall viewers.
For what it's worth, Wilson's 0.92 rating was the second-highest number in the key demo for any comedy that aired during Fall TV Premiere Week 2021. Only "The Simpsons," which airs in primetime and had an NFL lead-in, did better.
The previous all-time ratings low for a "Saturday Night Live" episode was the 0.93 Keegan-Michael Key's episode managed back on May 15 of this year.
The "Key & Peele" alum avoided posting a record low in total viewers. That unfortunate distinction still belongs to Scarlett Johansson, whose episode settled for 4.7 million total viewers back on May 2, 2015. (Key's episode rounded up to 4.8 million total viewers.)
It's important to note here that as time passes, more and more viewing shifts to delayed catch-up and digital platforms. Those lifts are not counted for any episode in this story.