SNL Tonight: What Time & Channel Is ‘Saturday Night Live’ On TV?

Tonight, Saturday Night Live returns with an all-new episode, which will air live at the local time of 11:29 p.m. – 1:02 a.m. ET. West coast will be on time delay. Sam Rockwell is set to host the show, with Halsey as the musical guest performer, according to Billboard. Rockwell is fresh off of his Golden Globe Awards win for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Hollywood Life now reports that Rockwell has a good shot at the Oscars. When Rockwell accepted his win at the Golden Globes, he said, “Yeah, baby! Wow! Man, forgive me I’m a little excited so I may need this piece of paper and an Imodium … It’s nice to be in a movie that people see. Thanks to everyone who worked on this film. It’s an amazing cast, a very generous [one]. I’m forever grateful for this amazing part … Francis McDormand — you’re a badass, a force of nature, and it was really fun to be your sparring partner and thanks for making me a better actor. This movie is about compassion and I think we need some of that these days.” According to People, Rockwell’s win sparked a debate on social media because his character was a hateful Missouri police officer named Jason Dixon.

As for performer Halsey, she’s had a big few months, with her album “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” hitting No.1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart over the summer, according to Billboard. She also has two hits out right now – “Bad at Love” and “Him & I” with G-Eazy, so there’s a good chance she is performing at least one of these songs for her SNL appearance. If you’d like to watch tonight’s episode of SNL, but you cannot get to a TV, below are instructions to live-stream the show on the web or with an app on your mobile or streaming device. All options are available for U.S. users only.


If You Don’t Have a Cable Login (Select Markets)

In the following select markets, NBC’s live broadcast is available through Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides select channels for a monthly fee. Sling’s Blue package, which includes NBC, costs $25 a month but offers a free 7-day trial.

  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Miami/Fort Lauderdale
  • San Diego
  • Hartford/New Haven

If you’re viewing in one of the markets above, you can use the instructions below to stream the show.

On the Web:

1. Go here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends you won’t be charged.

2. When you sign up, select the Blue package, which is listed immediately to the right of the Orange package on the Sling TV website. The Blue package costs $25 per month but offers a free 7-day trial.

3. Download the Sling desktop app, and navigate over to NBC to watch the show.

With an App:

If you sign up for the free Sling trial, you can watch the show on the Sling app, which you can download for free in the App store or the Google Play store. There’s also a Sling app for Roku, Chromecast, Nexus player, ZTE and XBox One. Go here for a full list of compatible devices.

Follow these steps:

1. Go here to sign up for Sling. You’ll need to enter your credit card information, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends you won’t be charged.

2. When you sign up, select the Blue package, which is listed immediately to the right of the Orange package on the Sling TV website. The Blue package costs $25 per month but offers a free 7-day trial.

3. Download the Sling app for your device, and navigate over to NBC to watch the show.


If You Have a Cable Login

If you have access to a cable or satellite subscription that includes NBC, you can stream NBC television live on the network’s website or, in select markets, with the NBC app.

On the Web:

Click here for the NBC stream. If it’s your first time streaming at nbc.com/live, you’ll get a free 45-minute preview before you’re forced to “verify” using a cable login to continue watching. When you click “Verify Now,” you’ll be prompted to click on the tile of your pay-tv provider (Infinity, Fios, DirectTV, etc.) and be directed to a sign-in page, where you must enter a valid user ID and password. You must have access to a cable or satellite subscription that includes NBC programming.

If you have trouble logging in, NBC has an “FAQ” contact form here, where you can submit a “description of your issue.”


With an App (Select Markets)

In several major markets, you can access NBC live TV via the NBC app, which is available to download in the App Store and Google Play. (NBC also has apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and Xbox One.)

Again, you’ll need login info for pay-tv subscription that includes NBC programming. The live broadcast of your local NBC affiliate is available only in the following markets, where the station is owned by NBC: New York (WNBC), Los Angeles (KNBC), San Diego (KNSD), San Francisco / Bay Area (KNTV), Connecticut (WVIT), Miami (WTVJ), Chicago (WMAQ-TV), Philadelphia (WCAU), Washington D.C. (WRC-TV) and Dallas (KXAS-TV).

After launching the app, open the menu and click on the “LIVE” tile in the top left portion of the screen. You’ll have to “enable location services” (find the NBC app under your phone’s Settings, click on it and then click on Location) so the app can see where you are and whether your local NBC station is eligible for streaming.

If it’s your first time using the app, you’ll get a free 45-minute preview before you’re forced to “verify” using a cable login to continue watching. When you click “Verify Now,” you’ll be prompted to click on the tile of your pay-tv provider (Infinity, Fios, DirectTV, etc.) and be directed to a sign-in page, where you must enter a valid user ID and password.


Sam Rockwell and Halsey are the first stars to kick off the very first SNL episode of 2018. Troye Sivan takes the stage on January 20, 2018 as the musical guest and Billboard reports that he will probably be performing his latest hit “My! My! My!”, which was recently released. The host of the January 20th episode is set to be actress Jessica Chastain.

Country singer Stapleton is expected to be the musical performer for the January 27, 2018 episode, with Will Ferrell hosting. Fans surely will be hoping to see Ferrell playing some of his classic characters from when he was a cast member years ago.


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