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The combination of Olympic hero Michael Phelps and comic Tina Fey gave “Saturday Night Live” its highest season premiere rating since 2001, accordingto Nielsen’s meter-market overnights.
The swimmer hosted the show’s 34th seasondebut, with former castmember Fey dropping by during the opening segment to pull off a much-anticipated impression of her media doppelganger, Republican vp hopeful Sarah Palin. The show also featured musical guest Lil Wayne, whose music Phelps listened to on his iPod while getting psyched up forcompetition during the Beijing Games.
The telecast averaged a 7.5rating, 18 share in 55 markets (with
The must-see video clip coming out ofthe episode (below) features Fey as Palin and Amy Poehler as Sen. Hillary Clinton,addressing sexism in the media. Right now its unclear if Fey will return toplay Palin in the future, given her duties on “30 Rock,” but odds are NBC willfind a way to make it happen.
UPDATE: Palin’s camp doesn’t have much of a sense of humor after all: McCain advisor says Fey’s portrayal was “sexist.”
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