Saturday TV Ratings 5/8/21: Saturday Night Live Jumps with Elon Musk, VAX LIVE Low, Dateline and SNL Vintage Lead (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: On NBC, a pair of 'Dateline' originals (0.4/0.5) posted a surprisingly strong result by Saturday standards. 'SNL Vintage' (0.4) managed to keep up the momentum in the 10pm slot. A 'VAX Live' special wasn't able to lure in viewers on ABC (0.2) or CBS (0.2). ABC followed that with an encore of 'American Idol' (0.2) while CBS went with '48 Hours' (0.3). Fox was far below the other networks with 'MLS Soccer' (0.1).

Finals Update: 'VAX LIVE' on ABC (+0.1) adjusted up. 'Dateline NBC' (-0.2, -0.2) adjusted down. With host Elon Musk and musical guest Miley Cyrus, 'SNL' soared to a mammoth 1.84 A18-49 rating, a full eight-tenths above its last installment (1.04).



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMVAX Live0.28/21.90ABC

Dateline NBC0.22/42.17NBC

VAX LIVE0.17/21.34CBS

MLS Soccer0.14/10.49Fox
9 PMDateline NBC 0.27/52.29NBC

48 Hours (R)0.22/21.55CBS

American Idol (R)0.21/21.47ABC
10 PMSNL Vintage0.38/42.06NBC

48 Hours0.34/32.85CBS

11:30 PMSaturday Night Live1.84/177.28NBC
(R) = repeat

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