Chris Rock, Prince Give ‘SNL’ Highest Ratings of the Season

11-3-2014 1-56-16 PM

Chris Rock returned to his old stomping grounds to host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 1 for the first time since his first show 18 years ago.

The comedian came equipped with some very eyebrow-raising jokes that cited the terrorism attacks from the 2013 Boston Marathon and September 11th, but also on Christmas and Jesus during his monologue. Needless to say, the broadcast brought the biggest audience for the NBC comedy series since Melissa McCarthy hosted in February.

Not to mention, Prince was the musical guest for the night with a special performance that deviated from the norm. Instead of two separate performances spread throughout the program, Prince performed his musical set once… for eight straight minutes.

According to reports, the broadcast drew a 4.9 rating, which was increased by +20% since last Saturday’s SNL episode that starred Jim Carrey with musical guest Iggy Azalea. The target audience of adults 18 to 48 years old earned a 9% gain since it’s highest viewership on March 1 with host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck.

SNL returns Nov. 15 with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Kendrick Lamar.

Watch Chris Rock’s controversial sketch in the clip below:

(Photo Credit: YouTube/Saturday Night Live)