Nellie Andreeva

Following Saturday Night Live‘s top host of the past decade Justin Timberlake is not an easy task. In her second turn as emcee of the NBC late-night sketch show, Melissa McCarthy proved that the rave reviews for her first stint in 2011 were not a fluke. Still, in the ratings department, she was no match for Mr. Timberlake. Last night’s SNL, hosted by McCarthy with musical guest Phoenix, averaged a 4.8/12 in metered-market households, and a 2.7/12 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters. That was way down from the 5.9/15 and 3.7/18 for the Timberlake-hosted show last month but on par with the one before that, hosted by Kevin Hart (4.8/12, 2.8/13) and about average for the season.

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