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Tina Fey for Vice President

Tina Fey’s “surprise” appearance on Saturday Night Live as Sarah Palin drew huge ratings.

With CNN reporting Fey’s return as national news Friday, the tremendous buzz was reflected in the ratings. Early overnight figures showed the “Saturday Night Live” season premiere earned a 7.4 rating and 18 percent share of viewers watching at that hour — the highest for a season premiere since 2001, and the highest for any “SNL” telecast since Dec. 14, 2002, when Al Gore was host. The numbers were up 64 percent over last season’s premiere, according to Nielsen data.

I thought it was certainly the highlight of the night. My favorite line, on global warming, “I believe it’s just God huggin’ us closer.” Watch it below the jump.

On:           Sep 15, 2008
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    • Woof

      Freaking brilliant.

      Sep 15, 2008 at 9:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • marco channing

      “I can see Russia from my house!”

      Sep 15, 2008 at 10:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fiftyninth

      Saturday Night Live, not Lights. But yeah, it was great.

      Sep 15, 2008 at 12:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KJ

      Freakin’ Hi -lar-i-ous!

      The current campaign, and coverage, is so absurd, parody is difficult, but SNL did it.

      Sep 15, 2008 at 1:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      I loved it! She’s so awesome (both Tina/Sarah). SNL new sketches should be themed around the Maverick, the soccer mom and the Messiah.

      McCain ★ Palin ’08

      Sep 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alacer

      prime satire. fantastic job.

      Sep 15, 2008 at 2:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mark

      The more biting line was Hillary saying NOW YOU CARE about sexist coverage, and the lackluster disengenuous support of Obama by validating it with her Obama button.

      Sep 15, 2008 at 3:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ia_in_nyc

      if god were a woman, he’d be TINA FEY!

      Sep 15, 2008 at 7:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • retrofit71

      Methinks Churchill-y is using reverse psychology. When they point out the ugly truth, laugh and say “Oh Thank you!”.

      Sep 16, 2008 at 3:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CitizenGeek

      My favourite part was the lipstick joke.

      Sep 18, 2008 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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