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Tina Fey Lifts 'SNL' Ratings

Tina Fey Snl

First Posted: 06/12/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

Tina Fey brought her Sarah Palin impression back to "Saturday Night Live" (along with Justin Bieber) — and the viewers liked it.

Saturday's "SNL" was the second-most-viewed of the season, easily winning the #1 rating of the night. The show drew an estimated 9.2 million total viewers and a 5.7/14 overnight rating, the highest since Charles Barkley hosted with Alicia Keys as musical guest in January (10.4 million total viewers, 6.5/18). The telecast was also up 12% over the same weekend last year.

Tiger Woods' Masters Saturday also proved to be a ratings magnet, and the New York Post noted that significance of the afternoon sports event and the late-night "SNL" beating everything in primetime over the weekend.

"For the first time in mem ory, two programs...had bigger ratings than anything on primetime TV this weekend," the Post noted. "On rare occasion, a show outside primetime will beat the highest-rated shows during the peak viewing hours of 8 to 11 p.m....But for two shows -- one in the afternoon and another late at night -- to dwarf everything in primetime is practically unheard of."

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