Watch Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney Bring Holiday Spirit to ‘SNL’

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen sing ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band brought Santa Claus and a special elf, Paul McCartney, to town as the group rocked around Saturday Night Live’s Christmas tree for the Dec. 19 episode. NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” closed out the year on a strong note, with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Bruce Springsteen combining to produce the show’s second highest overnight rating of the past 22 months. The Boss played the Christmas classic over the closing credits of the show, with the former Beatles member joining the band on stage adding to the merriment with some jingle bells. Meanwhile in primetime, ABC was the winner with its coverage of the Democratic debate from New Hampshire, but it logged the lowest numbers of this election cycle.

This was the first time Springsteen and McCartney shared the stage since appearing together at a 2012 concert in London that went past curfew, resulting in the pulling of the plug. Looking at the Nielsens for Saturday, “Saturday Night Live averaged a 5.1 overnight household rating/13 share — trailing this season only the 6.6/16 registered by the Nov. 7 telecast featuring Donald Trump as host. Springsteen hinted at a McCartney Christmas cameo after tweeting a photo from backstage and writing, “Got a few surprises in store for #SpringsteenSNL tonight…and make sure to stay up for the end credits.” Bobby Moynihan commemorated the occassion with an SNL cast selfie posted to Twitter.

Similarly in adults 18-49, last night’s 2.6 rating in the 25 markets with local people meters was the second best of the fall — but only a tick behind the 2.7 for the Trump-hosted show — and is the second best since the night McCarthy hosted early in 2014 (2.9). Thompson stepped in to deliver the line, “you better be good for goodness sake.” The band played three songs, including the live debut of “Meet Me in The City,” a never before released song from The River sessions. Once all West Coast viewing is accurately included, last night’s viewership should exceed 7 million but will fall short of the 8.55 million that a Democratic debate attracted on CBS last month (also on a Saturday). The first Democratic debates of the 2016 presidential cycle drew a strong 15.79 million viewers on CNN in October, but viewership has fallen off with the subsequent two such events, which were scheduled on the lightest-watched night of the week.

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