Tina Fey-Hosted ‘SNL’ Has Best Premiere Ratings in 3 Years

by | October 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM | Fall TV 2013, Saturday Night Live, TV News

Guest-host Tina Fey with Taran Killam, last week on "SNL" (Photo: NBC)

By Tim Kenneally

Tina Fey’s return to her old “Saturday Night Live” stomping grounds turned out to be quite the draw — the season premiere of the late-night show on Saturday delivered the series’ best debut ratings in three years, according to Nielsen figures released Thursday.

The Season 39 premiere, hosted by Fey, drew a 2.4 rating/10 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic — up 9 percent from last season’s premiere.

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In total viewers, the season premiere — which featured musical guests Arcade Fire — drew 6.5 million, a 10 percent boost over the 2012 season premiere.

Interestingly, Fey’s episode was the highest rated premiere since the 2010 season premiere — which was hosted by her former “Weekend Update” colleague Amy Poehler. That episode, with musical guest Katy Perry, had a 2.6 rating.

Watch last weekend’s “SNL,” with guest-host Tina Fey, right here:

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Saturday’s season premiere was also the highest-rated “SNL” episode since the April 13 episode hosted by Vince Vaughn.