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Justin Timberlake's "SNL" Is NBC's Highest Rated Show of The Year

Image courtesy of NBC.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of NBC.com (via ABC News Radio)

You knew that Justin Timberlake pulled in some great ratings when he hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend, but it turns out, they more than great: they were NBC's best of the year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter , JT's fifth turn as SNL host pulled in a 3.4 rating and 8.4 million viewers, making it NBC's top-rated original entertainment show of 2013.  Get that?  It wasn't just the top rated SNL episode of the year: it was the top-rated program of the year overall across the entire network.  The only other shows that aired on NBC that got better ratings were one-offs like the Golden Globes and an NFL playoff game.

Among Saturday Night Live episodes, Justin's was the show's highest-rated episode since one in January of 2012 that featured Charles Barkley .  Looks like NBC should be approaching JT to host his own show...or at least appear on The Voice every week.

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