Drenched in Watercooler Moments, SNL Is Hot Again

Late-night is the standout hit of the fall season
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2008 5:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – The fall TV ratings are in, and while Heroes needs saving and House is collapsing, Saturday Night Live has emerged as the biggest hit of the season, Maureen Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. Unlike other shows, SNL’s live ratings have jumped nearly 50% in its 34th season. “It’s the hottest it’s been since the early years,” remarked one analyst.

The show owes its success to former player and Sarah Palin doppelganger Tina Fey. “I don't think we'd have the same heat if Mitt Romney had been picked,” quipped head writer Seth Meyers, whose cast performed a Thursday show before tonight’s installment, which will feature Palin herself. What happens if Palin and McCain lose? “For their own self-interest," one expert said, SNL players "should be voting Republican."