Justin Timberlake and Will Ferrell are set to host the final two episodes of this 34th season of SNL (on May 9 and 16), so let’s take a look at the year that was:
Number of episodes: 22
Number of episodes hosted by women: 3. There were three female hosts for season 33 — which had only 12 episodes. Of the eight previous 20-episode seasons, the average number of female hosts per season is 7.25.
Number of times Tina Fey hosted this season: 0. Her Sarah Palin appearances were all as a guest, not as a host.
Number of Peabody Awards this season earned: 1, specifically for its”political satire.” According to the awards committee, “The late-nightlegend stole the election-year thunder from its satirical competitionon cable and may have swayed the race itself.”
Number of SNL characters who appeared on Superbowl commercials: 1 (McGruber)
Number of former SNL cast members who hosted this season: 2 (Tracy Morgan and Will Ferrell)
Number of first-time hosts: 13. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are both megahosts, and Ben Affleck, John Malkovich, Dwayne Johnson, and Justin Timberlake are all three-time hosts; Hugh Laurie, Will Ferrell, and Seth Rogen had hosted once before.
Number of featured players: 4
Number of cast members: 9, down one after Amy Poehler’s departure
Number of episodes senior-most cast member Darryl Hammond will have been on by the end of this season: 272
Number of episodes newest featured Abby Elliot and Michaela Watkins will have been on: 15