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.

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  • Woof

    Freaking brilliant.

  • marco channing

    “I can see Russia from my house!”

  • Fiftyninth

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

  • KJ

    Freakin’ Hi -lar-i-ous!

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


    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

  • Alacer

    prime satire. fantastic job.

  • 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.

  • ia_in_nyc

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

  • retrofit71

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

  • CitizenGeek

    My favourite part was the lipstick joke.

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