McCain and Fey lift 'SNL'


It's good to be Tina Fey these days, which is great for "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock." The last "SNL" before Tuesday's election — featuring a joint appearance by Republican nominee John McCain and Fey's latest turn as his running mate, Sarah Palin — didn't disappoint in the ratings, averaging a 9.0 household rating/20 share in the metered markets, according to preliminary data released Sunday by Nielsen Media Research.

On Thursday, the season premiere of Fey's "30 Rock" hit series highs, seen by 8.7 million viewers and earning a preliminary 4.1 adults 18-49 rating — up 21% year-over-year. The show was aided by the primetime edition of "SNL" that has warmed up its time period the past few weeks. (partialdiff)