Saturday TV Ratings 2/26/22: Saturday Night Live Ticks Up, NBA Leads Quiet Primetime Lineup, 48 Hours Slips (UPDATED)


Ratings Analysis: Host John Mulaney and musical guest LCD Soundsystem took over 'Saturday Night Live' (0.86, +0.04) and helped the show rise by four-hundredths for its first and only February 2022 episode. A few hours prior, NBC aired a pair of 'Dateline' reruns (0.25/0.26) and 'SNL Vintage' (0.33). ABC had moderate success with 'NBA Countdown' (0.29) and the 'Nets v. Bucks' basketball game' (0.61). CBS had a rerun of 'The Equalizer' (0.19), a 'SWAT' encore (0.14), and a sinking '48 Hours' (0.23, -0.03). Fox's 'MLS Soccer' (0.13) was barely any stronger than last week's '9-1-1' encore (0.12). The CW's 'Great Chocolate Showdown' posted its fourth 0.05 rating in a row and led into an original episode of 'World's Funniest Animals' (0.04). The 9:30PM 'Funniest Animals' encore (0.05) outdid the new one that aired before it.  

Finals Update: 'NBA: Nets v. Bucks' (+0.2) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMNBA Countdown0.29/31.56ABC

Dateline NBC (R)0.25/22.32NBC

The Equalizer (R)0.19/22.12CBS

MLS Soccer0.13/10.44Fox

Great Chocolate Showdown0.05/00.42The CW
8:30 PMNBA: Nets v. Bucks0.61/62.23ABC
9 PMDateline NBC (R)0.26/22.59NBC

SWAT (R)0.14/11.64CBS

World's Funniest Animals0.04/00.44The CW
9:30 PMWorld's Funniest Animals (R)0.05/00.49The CW
10 PMSNL Vintage0.33/32.01NBC

48 Hours0.23/22.71CBS

11:30 PMSaturday Night Live0.86/94.75NBC
(R) = repeat

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