Ratings Gold: Governor Sarah Palin Joins SNL’s 40Th Anniversary TV Special on Sunday

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Sarah Palin and Lorne Michaels on SNL in 2008
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By Gary P Jackson

In 2008 Governor Palin hosted Saturday Night Live, which netted the show it’s best ratings in 17 years, so it’s no surprise Lorne Michaels asked her to return for this 40th anniversary special. SNL is hoping for big numbers and has basically taken over VH1 Classic which has been showing nothing but past episodes, 24/7, all month.

From People Magazine:

Live from New York, it’s … Sarah Palin!

Saturday Night Live’s one-woman ratings bonanza, Sarah Palin will participate in the show’s 40th anniversary special, a political source tells PEOPLE.

SNL producer Lorne Michaels invited Palin to return to the show and the former Alaska governor accepted, a source close to Palin confirms.

Palin, the Republican VP candidate who was regularly spoofed on the show by spot-on comic doppelgänger Tina Fey during – and after – the 2008 presidential race, showed she was a good sport by appearing on the show herself two weeks before Election Day that year.

No hard feelings since then? You betcha!

PEOPLE hears that Palin will return to SNL’s 30 Rock studios bearing gifts – three “Alaska Grown” hoodie sweatshirts for Fey and her two little girls.

SNL’s 40th anniversary special airs Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC


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7 responses to “Ratings Gold: Governor Sarah Palin Joins SNL’s 40Th Anniversary TV Special on Sunday

  1. I can’t wait for this special! With past cast members, celebrities, and musical guests, I think it will surge in the ratings greatly. On my site I predicted its Adult 18-49 rating would be a 3.6 (to put that into perspective, higher than everything on network TV except Empire and The Big Bang Theory).

  2. Jim Thompson

    Wow, what a dichotomy. On one hand, Sarah Palin receives much needed exposure from enemy territory. guess FOX News falls short when they come to bat when it comes to our ‘Patriotic Warrior Princess.’ On the other hand, this is definitely a cheap ass way of getting a ratings boost. NBC will go to great depths to take top notch.

    I Stand with Sarah Palin!!!

    It was Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin Uttered the infamous phrase ‘I can see Russia from my house.’ Not Sarah! Back to the scene of the crime.

    • Gary P Jackson

      Here’s a fact many may not know. A couple years before she ran for Vice President, Governor Palin dressed as Tina Fey for Halloween!

      Tina was fantastic as a writer, she was SNL’s first female head writer. Her imitation of Palin was just sad though. Unfunny and lazy.

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