'Weekend Update,' Diana special modest winners for networks

Markets Associated Press

NBC's summer run of "Weekend Update" segments from "Saturday Night Live" and ABC's two-part special on Princess Diana were modest successes for their television networks last week.

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The Nielsen company said nearly 4.9 million watched "SNL's" Michael Che and Colin Jost deliver topical jokes from their fake newsroom set last week. NBC is giving the "Saturday Night Live" fake newscast a four-week midsummer run. Its numbers were particularly good among the younger viewers NBC seeks.

The two-part special recalling Diana's life and death landed in Nielsen's top 20. Its audience skewed slightly older than "Weekend Update," and only "The Bachelorette" did better for ABC last week.

NBC was in its customary top spot during the summer months, led by "America's Got Talent."