'Saturday Night Live' still solid

Up 73% compared with October 2007

NEW YORK -- This week's "Saturday Night Live" may not have had the star power of Sarah Palin, Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg and its record-breaking ratings, but it didn't do too bad either.

"SNL" averaged a 7.1 rating/18 share in the metered markets, according to preliminary estimates released Sunday by Nielsen Media Research. That's up 73% compared to ratings for originals (4.1/10) in October 2007, although there aren't any comparable ratings for the same week last year because it was a repeat.

Last week, Palin's guest appearance brought "SNL" a 10.7/24 in the metered markets, its best since March 12, 1994. It was also the third-highest rated program of all of that week.