Tina Fey's Sarah Palin act wins big 'SNL' ratings
It seems Tina Fey's dead-on impersonation of Sarah Palin -- right down to the clenched jaw and audible lip smacks -- helped last weekend's season premiere of Saturday Night Live garner its best ratings since the 2001 opener, the AP reports. We're pretty sure Michael Phelps had something to do with it, too, but it's more fun to ridicule politicians.
Nielsen Media Research said the 34th season of the show opened to a 7.4 rating and an 18 percent share, up 64 percent from last season. A ratings point in this case equals about 780,000 households, and a share is the percentage of in-use TVs tuned to the show (watch it above).
Does that mean Fey will return to rain down shame and disdain on the vice presidential nominee? SNL spokesman Marc Liepis said Monday he wasn't sure.
"We are taking it day by day," he said. With those kind of ratings, we'd have to call that a big yes.