Elon Musk Boosts SNL Ratings

Elon Mask’s debut in Saturday Night Live made a splash and showed that Elon is the audience’s favorite. An interview with the founder of SpaceX and CEO Tesla brought the TV channel the third place in the popularity rating of the entire season.

The night he appeared as host on SNL, it averaged a 4.8 household ratings in Nielsen’s overnight metered markets. His appearance also scored a 2.7 ratings in adults 18 to 49. This means that the Musk episode ranks as number 3, right behind Dave Chappelle’s appearance as a host on November 7 and the October 3 season premiere when Christ Rock was the headline. Musk’s ratings tied the Adele hosted show with H.E.R. as the musical guests.

It is very unusual that SNL would promote a business world icon as their host. The show is usually promoting pop culture, celebrities, and musical guests. 

He recently made headlines when he admitted that he has Asperger syndrome which he revealed during his opening speech. Elon Musk became known when he cofounded the electronic payment firm PayPal and founded the spacecraft company SpaceX. He is also known for the Tesla car.

Musk has remained talk of Google and social media as he invents and innovates technology. He is one of the world’s wealthiest moguls, both of which sparked an intense interest among viewers to watch him host and to make an appearance in a series known for their comedy sketches.

Elon Musk is no stranger to headlines or being in the spotlight. In recent years, his relationship with Canadian singer, Grimes was made known when she gave birth to his son, X Æ A-12. The name is pronounced X Ash A-12. The name comes from X as the unknown variable, an Elven spelling of AI which translates to “love” in several languages, and Archangel 12, the precursor to the SR-71 plane. 

While this baby’s name made headlines, many people don’t realize that he also is the father of other children, Nevada Alexander who died of SIDS at 10 weeks, Griffin, Xavier, Damian, Kai, and Saxon. They are from his previous marriage to Justine Musk. He was also twice married to Talulah Riley, but they have no children together.

The Saturday Night Live show also marked another first. For the first time ever, SNL was live-streamed on YouTube in more than a hundred different countries. Musk joked about the risk of being live. 

The business CEO has previously been warned by financial regulators about his pronouncements about his publicly held businesses in unusual channels for a business owner and CEO. He is said to be worth $143.8 billion. Musk went on camera to make light of his position. He said, “I could say something truly shocking – like I drive a Prius.”

To date, SNL is enjoying its most-watched season in four years. These statistics are based on total viewers with an average of 12.6 million. The show will close out its 46th season with a couple of original episodes.

The SNL season rounded off with two special shows. May 15 show was hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and musical guest Olivia Rodrigo. The finale aired on May 22 with Anna Taylor-Joy as the host and musical guest Lil Nas X.