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It's Official: Trump's 'SNL' Gig Sets Biggest Record in Two Years

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 05:23 PM

Donald Trump's appearance on "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend brought NBC its biggest audience in two years.

The Republican presidential candidate's second hosting gig on the show brought in 9.3 million viewers, Deadline Hollywood reports, citing figures from NBC.

Trump beat out the show's previous record of 6.3 million — set on December 21, 2013, and featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.

Among 18 to 49 year olds, Trump's appearance was the best since Jan. 24 of this year, according to Deadline Hollywood.

That episode was hosted by Blake Shelton, who also was the musical guest.

In households, Trump's "SNL" gig was the highest-rated episode since Jan. 7, 2012, featuring Charles Barkley and Kelly Clarkson.

The edition, which was viewed in 7.4 million households, followed an NFL playoff game that had gone into overtime.

Preliminary data released Sunday by Nielsen showed that Trump brought "SNL" its biggest overnight ratings in nearly four years.

The telecast averaged a 6.6 rating/16 share in metered-market household results, up 57 percent from the show's fall average (4.2) and the top rating since the Barkley-Clarkson episode.

The rating was also up 53 percent over "SNL's" average 4.3 rating in November of last year.

Nielsen is expected to release total-viewer estimates later this week.

In addition, the Hispanic group that pledged to pay $5,000 to anyone who yelled "Trump's a racist!" during the developer's monologue was still trying to find actor Larry David, who took the challenge.

DeportRacism.com, a pro-Democratic group that has protested Trump's attacks on illegal immigrants throughout his campaign, promised to pay whoever heckled the host.

However, it has not been able to find David, CNN reports.

"They want to pay him the $5,000, but they can't get a hold of him," CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter told host Brooke Baldwin. "Right now, they're thinking about giving it to Bernie Sanders instead."

David, who had portrayed the Vermont senator in the show's opening, stayed around to shout the insult during Trump's monologue.

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