It turns out mocking Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is good for business.
“Saturday Night Live” received the highest ratings the show has had all season, according to the Hollywood Reporter, when Tom Hanks hosted and Lady Gaga performed this weekend.
The late night show averaged a 6.1 overnight rating among Nielsen Media’s metered market households — the highest any October episode has had in eight years. (RELATED: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Has Ratings High During Season Premiere)
The last time “Saturday Night Live” saw ratings this high was the eve of the 2008 presidential election, when Tina Fey impersonated Sarah Palin.
Saturday’s episode mocked the third presidential debate between Trump and Clinton — with Alec Baldwin playing Trump, Kate McKinnon playing Clinton and Hanks as the moderator Chris Wallace. (RATINGS: More People Watched Donald Trump’s Acceptance Speech Than Hillary Clinton’s)