McCain is winning as 'SNL' host

John McCain wasn’t as much of a draw as his running mate Sarah Palin, but his appearance on last night’s Saturday Night Live still helped the late-night show soar to new heights. The installment that featured a special appearance by McCain and his wife Cindy — along with Tina Fey as Palin and host Ben Affleck — averaged a 9.0 rating/20 share in 56 local markets metered by Nielsen. That’s the second-highest performance in overnights for SNL since December 1997, second only to Palin’s appearance on Oct. 18 (10.7/24) which featured Josh Brolin as host. Last night’s telecast opened with McCain and Fey’s Palin hosting an infomercial for QVC. Unlike Palin’s appearance from two weeks back, McCain made a lot more jokes at his own expense, as well as his competitor’s. American Idol winner David Cook was the night’s musical guest.

After seven original episodes this season, SNL is averaging 7.6/18 in metered markets, up 69% versus the 4.5/11 the show was averaging at this point last year after four originals. SNL premiered two weeks earlier this season to take advantage of interest in the presidential campaign. Final numbers for SNL will be released on Nov. 6 — the day after the election.

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  • Ceballos

    Since no one’s bothered to point it out yet, and I’m online due to the Sunday Night Football game being so boring, I feel I have to let you guys know that McCain wasn’t the host, which is what the headline suggests. Have a good night.

  • Elizabeth

    The only funny part about SNL this week was Cindy McCain. That was the only part that I actually really laughed at. It was a waste of Ben Affleck, who usually does a great job as host.

  • Xena

    McCain is winning as ‘SNL’ host? Good for him. Because that’s the only thing he’s gonna be winning this week.
    OBAMA/BIDEN ’08!

  • M

    Also, to be precise, the election is on th 4th, not the 5th.

  • cc

    McCain can never catch a break. He is by far the best canidate of this election year to have been on SNL. It was just hillarious. Quit being sore winners.

  • ShariG

    No offense to McCain who was pretty funny for a politician or to Ben Affleck, who was the host and who actually did a great job. But, don’t under estimate the number of David Cook fans who turned on SNL for a look at our favorite guy. He sure didn’t hurt the ratings. There are actually millions of us and we were dying to see him on television again. He didn’t disappoint. David and the new band were awesome and frankly the only reason I watched.

  • Quentin Beck

    McCain is great with humor, especially when you consider he spent 5 years in a dank prison where he was tortured. How does a man survive that, much less have a sense of humor.
    Also, Affleck was hilarious as Olbermann. And also Miss Prescious Perfect deserves some recognition.
    Though, I still believe the 92 election was the hieght of the shows comedy run.

  • Kai

    McCain was GREAT when he hosted those years ago. I can still remember him poking fun at Barbara Streisand by singing his songs. I love that he can poke fun of himself. His line about the “Sad Grampa” campaign strategy was the funniest line of the night. It didn’t make me want vote for him, but made me laugh nonetheless.

  • Anonymous

    That’s all nice… but I only tuned in for David Cook. SNL is not funny anymore.

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