With no shortage of buzz leading into its season premiere, thanks to months of un-spoofed political theater courtesy of the presidential race, Saturday Night Live returned to boosted ratings this weekend.The 41st season of the NBC show, which featured a guest appearance by Hillary Clinton, rose 13 percent from the comparable premiere a year ago for a 4.5 overnight rating among metered-market households. That's also a 18 percent boost from the May finale, likely meaning it will wind up as the show's most-watched episode since January.
Hosted by Miley Cyrus, the show nabbed a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 — per local people meters. That's steady with its 2014 premiere showing in the demo (2.1 rating).
Saturday Night Live's hosting roster over the coming weeks also includes a debut on the show for Amy Schumer (with musical guest The Weeknd) and a return for Tracy Morgan. The former cast member has madefew public appearances since a 2014 highway accident that left him seriously injured.