"Saturday Night Live" just proved it has the
look stamina -- stam-in-uh -- to stay strong even after four decades. The Season 42 premiere was hosted by Margot Robbie with musical guest The Weeknd, and featured the debut of Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump impression, opposite Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, while bringing back Larry David as Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton.
The natural political fodder brought in the viewers, just like it did eight years ago the last time we thought a presidential campaign couldn't get any crazier. Deadline reports that the October 1, 2016 show drew a 5.8 household rating in the metered markets, up 29 percent from last year's 4.5 premiere. That made it SNL's highest-rated season premiere since the 2008 cycle that introduced Tina Fey as Gov. Sarah Palin, which averaged a 7.5 rating in the metered markets.
Deadline added that, in the 25 markets with local people meters, the Season 42 premiere was the highest-rated premiere in 18-49 since September 28, 2013, which was hosted by Tina Fey, and matched SNL's top premiere since September 15, 2012, which was hosted by Seth MacFarlane with musical guest Frank Ocean.
Beyond politics, SNL 42 also made headlines for dropping cast members Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah , and Jon Rudnitsky, and adding Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villaseñor. It was also reported that Season 42 would show a 30 percent reduction of ads, removing two commercial breaks per episode to make room for more actual content.
Check out SNL's take on the Trump/Clinton debate, plus Celebrity Family Feud: Political Edition, and the "Mr. Robot" sketch:
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