The season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” produced the biggest ratings the show has seen in almost a decade.
The late night show averaged a 5.8 overnight rating among Nielsen Media’s metered market households — the highest any premiere has had in eight years.
“Saturday Night Live” saw a 29 percent increase from the premiere last year and a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49, also up 35 percent from last year. (RELATED: Hillary Clinton Keeps Playing This Song At Her Rallies — SNL Just Pointed Out Why That’s A BIG Problem)
The last time “Saturday Night Live” saw premiere ratings this high was during the 2008 presidential election when Tina Fey impersonated Sarah Palin. That episode averaged a very strong 7.8 rating.
Margot Robbie hosted the premiere Saturday night and The Weeknd performed.
It was Alec Baldwin’s first time playing Donald Trump. (RELATED: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Had A Field Day With Hillary Clinton’s Health Problems)
“Good evening, America,” Baldwin’s Trump said. “I am going to be so good tonight. I am going to be so calm and so presidential.”
“I’ve got a very presidential answer for this,” he said when asked a question by Lester Holt.
“Our jobs are fleeing this country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to Jina. I would stop that. If Hillary knew how, she would have done it already. Period. End of story. I won the debate, I stayed calm, just like I promised, and it is over. Goodnight Hofstra.”