SNL Season 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (2024)

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Each weekend, we here at TVLine highlight the best (and sometimes worst) of what Saturday Night Live has to offer, before turning it over to you, our loyal readers, to weigh in on each episode.

With Season 49 now behind us, we’re revisiting how all 20 installments — featuring hosts Sydney Sweeney, Ayo Edebiri, Adam Driver, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Timothée Chalamet, among others — fared, based on the average grade that you gave them.

Just how well did former cast members Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph fare during their Season 49 hosting stints? What about Dua Lipa and Bad Bunny, both of whom pulled double duty as host and musical guest?

In the list below, using a proprietary mathematical algorithm, we have converted TVLine reader poll results into a score out of 100, then ordered the episodes from lowest to highest score. Scroll down to see how readers ultimately ranked each SNL Season 49 episode, then hit the comments and tell us if you’re surprised by any of the results.

  • RAMY YOUSSEF

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (1)

    AIRDATE:March 30, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:Travis Scott

    READER GRADE:49/100 (“D”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Youssef’s monologue taking swings at Biden
    *Please Don’t Destroy getting high with Travis Scott (watch above)

  • SHANE GILLIS

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (2)

    AIRDATE:Feb. 24, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:21 Savage

    READER GRADE: 50/100 (“D”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Fake movie trailer touting the powers of gold Trump sneakers (watch above)
    *Gillis sidestepping his SNL firing in the opening monologue

  • DUA LIPA

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (3)

    AIRDATE:May 4, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:Dua Lipa

    READER GRADE:65/100 (“C”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Jerry Seinfeld making an appearance on Weekend Update with a message for Ryan Gosling (watch above)
    *Chloe Fineman spoofing JoJo Siwa

  • SYDNEY SWEENEY

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (4)

    AIRDATE:March 2, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:Kacey Musgraves

    READER GRADE:68/100 (“C+”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Sweeney joking about her nude scenes and Madame Web
    *Sweeney solving crime through social media stalking (watch above)
    * Sweeney trying to seduce a golden retriever

  • AYO EDEBIRI

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (5)

    AIRDATE:Feb. 3, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:Jennifer Lopez

    READER GRADE:72/100 (“B-“)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Edebiri’s pre-show pep talk to the SNL Cast
    *Edebiri referencing her controversial comments about JLoand Instagram loving it!
    * Trump town hall cold open… with Nikki Haley?
    * Dune popcorn bucket song (watch above)

  • JACOB ELORDI

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (6)

    AIRDATE:Jan. 20, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:Reneé Rapp

    READER GRADE:72/100 (“B-“)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Rachel McAdams making a cameo
    *Alaska Airlines ad poking fun at imaginary “upgrades” (watch above)
    * Please Don’t Destroy’s “Pimp My Ride” sketch (even though it was cut for time)

  • JASON MOMOA

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (8)

    AIRDATE:Nov. 18, 2023

    MUSICAL GUEST:Tate McRae

    READER GRADE:74/100 (“B-“)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Roman Empire song (watch above)
    *Bowen Yang and Ego Nwodim Host Newark Airport’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (9)

    AIRDATE:Nov. 11, 2023

    MUSICAL GUEST:boygenius

    READER GRADE:75/100 (“B”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    * James Austin Johnson’s Trump crashing the cold open spoofing a GOP debate
    *SmokeCheddaDaAssGetta making his triumphant return (watch above)

  • BAD BUNNY

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (10)

    AIRDATE:Oct. 21, 2023

    MUSICAL GUEST:Bad Bunny

    READER GRADE:77/100 (“B”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *SNL going cameo crazy (again!) with Mick Jagger, Lady Gaga and more
    *Bad Bunny becoming a Spanish king with an aversion to chickens
    * Pedro Pascal stopping by to reprise his role as Tía (watch above)

  • EMMA STONE

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (11)

    AIRDATE:Dec. 2, 2023

    MUSICAL GUEST:Noah Kahan

    READER GRADE:78/100 (“B”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Bowen Yang’s George Santos getting expelled from Congress (watch above)
    *Tina Fey and Candice Bergen welcoming Stone to the 5-Timers Club
    * Stone and Yang getting naked in New York

  • NATE BARGATZE

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (12)

    AIRDATE:Oct. 28, 2023

    MUSICAL GUEST:Foo Fighters

    READER GRADE:79/100 (“B”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *SNL paying tribute to the late Matthew Perry
    *Biden celebrating Halloween with Christopher Walken
    * Please Don’t Destroy’s “Dawg Food” sketch (watch above)

  • ADAM DRIVER

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (13)

    AIRDATE:Dec. 9, 2023

    MUSICAL GUEST:Olivia Rodrigo

    READER GRADE:81/100 (“B+”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Driver playing the creepy childhood friend from your hometown (watch above)
    *The actual Julia Stiles showing up to outdo Chloe Fineman’s Stiles impression

  • JAKE GYLLENHAAL

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (14)

    AIRDATE:May 18, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:Sabrina Carpenter

    READER GRADE:82/100 (“B+”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Gyllenhaal singing Boyz II Men
    *Carpenter and Gyllenhaal teaming up for a violent Scooby Doo parody (watch above)
    * Colin Jost and Michale Che swap jokes on Weekend Update

  • KATE MCKINNON

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (15)

    AIRDATE:Dec. 16, 2023

    MUSICAL GUEST:Billie Eilish

    READER GRADE:83/100 (“B+”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Eilish and McKinnon starting a tampon farm (watch above)
    *McKinnon reprising “Whiskers R We”

  • PETE DAVIDSON

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (16)

    AIRDATE:Oct. 14, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:Ice Spice

    READER GRADE:84/100 (“B+”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Davidson’s Wired Autocomplete Interview spoof
    *Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift making a surprise visit (!)
    * Davidson addressing Israel-Hamas war in opening monologue
    * “I’m Just Pete” song (watch above)

  • JOSH BROLIN

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (17)

    AIRDATE:March 9, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:Ariana Grande

    READER GRADE:85/100 (“B+”)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Scarlett Johansson spoofing Katie Britt’s State of the Union rebuttal (watch above)
    *Bowen Yang and Grande teaming up for an unhinged Moulin Rouge sketch

  • KRISTEN WIIG

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (18)

    AIRDATE:April 6, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:Raye

    READER GRADE:86/100 (“A-“)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Wiig’s Aunt Linda roasting #Barbenheimer and The Bear
    *Pilates horror movie trailer (watch above)
    * Matt Damon, Paul Rudd, Ryan Gosling and more welcoming Wiig to 5-Timers Club

  • MAYA RUDOLPH

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (19)

    AIRDATE:May 11, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:Vampire Weekend

    READER GRADE:89/100 (“A-“)

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Hot Ones with Beyoncé 2 (watch above)
    *Rudolph slaying her Mother’s Day monologue

  • RYAN GOSLING

    SNLSeason 49: TVLine Readers Rank Every Episode, From Worst to Best (20)

    AIRDATE:April 13, 2024

    MUSICAL GUEST:Chris Stapleton

    READER GRADE:95/100 (“A”)

    *Season 49’s most-watched episode, and featuring the season’s most-viewed sketch on YouTube

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    *Caitlin Clark schooling Michale Che on Weekend Update
    *Ryan gosling performing an ode to Ken to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well”
    * Another “Alien Abduction” sketch
    * Beavis and Butt-Head spoof (watch above)

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