- Popular Hollywood actor, Eddie Murphy, returned to Saturday Night Live after he left it for 35 years
- Murphy's return on the show gave it its biggest rating in two years with over 9 million views
- The show's latest rating has put it on the same level as The Masked Singer which is considered the most rated show on any network
Hollywood veteran and comedian, Eddie Murphy, has returned to the screen to host a show called the Saturday Night Live for the first time after 35 years he left it.
Daily Mail reports that his appearance on the show gave it the biggest rating it has ever had in two years, with over 9 million viewers.
It should be noted that the 2.5 rating of the show also ties with the Season 2 debut of The Masked Singer, which is the highest-rated program on any network.
The Hollywood legend hosted the show with Lizzo where Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin, Larry David, Maya Rudolph, among others, made guest appearances.
The rating of the program may even go higher as 29% of the show’s totalled viewed minutes came from online platforms.
Murphy first joined the show in 1980 when he was just 19 years old, where he helped popularize the programs through its four seasons.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the actor was selected and set to receive a Career Achievement Award from the Critics Choice Association (CCA) in celebration of black cinema.
Murphy was recognised following his work as blaxploitation film star Rudy Ray Moore in the film Dolemite Is My Name, a movie which the CCA says helps sheds light on an era when black artists were pioneering new-found ways to reach black audiences and tell their own stories.
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