'SNL' has welcome return


The post-strike return of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" scored the show's highest overnight rating in two years.

Hosted by former "SNL" cast member/head writer Tina Fey and featuring Carrie Underwood as the musical guest, the show delivered a 6.1 rating/15 share in metered-market households — the highest average since a Feb. 4, 2006, episode hosted by Steve Martin. That was also up 36% from the show's prestrike average this season.

During the show, Mike Huckabee spoofed his quest for the Republican primary nomination. Appearing on "Weekend Update," he was asked why he stayed in the race despite the "mathematical impossibility" of winning.

"I'm not a math guy, I'm more of a miracle guy," Huckabee said. "So at this point I'm gonna focus on the miracle part. But if that miracle doesn't happen, let me assure the American people that Mike Huckabee does not overstay his welcome. When it's time to go, I'll know. I'll exit out with class and grace." Huckabee then ignored repeated cues to leave the "Update" news desk.

The lingering question of who was going to portray Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama was answered when cast member Fred Armisen stepped into the role.

Next week, actress Ellen Page and musical guest Wilco take the "SNL" stage.

To see a clip of Huckabee on "SNL," turn to THR.com.