Saturday Night Live has trotted out a number of different Trumps over the years (including this familiar looking dude) and judging by the reaction to last night’s season premiere, viewers were definitely game to see Alec Baldwin’s take on the GOP’s Great Orange Hope.
TVLine reports that last night’s Margot Robbie hosted edition of SNL scored a 5.8 household rating, which isn’t something we’d normally report on, but that impressive number (a 29% jump over Miley Cyrus’ outing in last season’s premiere) marks the highest premiere the series has had since September 13, 2008 with Michael Phelps hosting and Tina Fey driving America wild with her Sarah Palin impression.
Ratings rise and fall all the time, so this isn’t something to get too worked up over, but it might signal another stellar season for the show with Baldwin’s Trump potentially having a similar impact to Fey’s Palin. Or maybe the ratings got a bonus boost from The Weeknd appearing on the program, increased star power attached to Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones or folks just wanted to powerhang with Margot Robbie. That said, it can’t be a complete coincidence that last night’s episode outpaced every premiere since the last election without an incumbent candidate.