Record Ratings for Saturday Night Live
Posted on Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:00 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Saturday Night Live continues to enjoy a surge in popularity, as it scores its highest ratings in more than a decade
Saturday's telecast, hosted by Josh Brolin and featuring musical guest Adele, averaged a 10.7 rating and 24 share in 56 metered markets, according to Nielsen Media Research. That's the highest overnight 'SNL' average since a 1994 episode that was hosted by Nancy Kerrigan and featured musical guest Aretha Franklin.
Saturday's program also included appearances by Alec Baldwin, Mark Wahlberg, Oliver Stone and -- once again reprising her role as Palin -- Tina Fey.
'SNL' has successfully capitalized on viewer interest in the election this season. The veteran sketch comedy show's ratings are running 76% higher than during the opening weeks last fall.