It would seem as if the Holidays are going to be merry and bright for NBC. The Holiday episode of Saturday Night Live, which was hosted by late night talk show host and SNL alum Jimmy Fallon with musical guest Justin Timberlake, earned the show the highest ratings the weekly comedic television series has seen in two years.
The comedy styling of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, who one could easily argue was the co-host of the show, earned the episode an average of a 6.3 rating in the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research. In the ever-important 18-49 demo they were able to maintain a 3.9 rating.
These are the highest numbers they have received since the January 7, 2012 episode which was hosted by NBA Superstar Charles Barkley along with musical guest Kelly Clarkson.
The episode also had some help from some pretty high powered special guests like Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, and Barry Gibb.
McCartney made an appearance in during Fallon’s Opening Monologue; where the two of them sang their version of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. Madonna and Barry Gibb made an appearance during the ‘Barry Gibb Talk Show’ where Fallon played Barry Gibb and Timberlake played his younger brother Robin.
The show was filled with plenty of hilarious moments. Here is a look at the “Wrap Battle” in the Cold Opening entitled ‘Wrappinville.’
Saturday Night Live airs on Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.