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The most recent episode of Saturday Night Live scored the highest ratings of the season so far, with a little help from host Tom Hanks, musical guest Lady Gaga and Alec Baldwin returning as Donald Trump.
The Oct. 22 episode marked the biggest October audience for the show in eight years. It scored a 6.1 rating, 15 share in live-plus-same-day metered-market households and a Nielsen Media Research 3.0/14 rating in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters.
The installment saw a rise from the season’s previous episodes, which have dipped in ratings each week since the premiere on Oct. 1, which was the previous season-high. The latest entry scored an October best for SNL since the Jon Hamm-hosted episode with musical guest Coldplay on Oct. 25, 2008.
The show featured Hanks reprising his Sully character in a sketch, as well as another Trump impersonation from Baldwin and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton in a cold open spoofing the third and final presidential debate. Lady Gaga also performed songs from her latest album Joanne.
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