The Saturday Night Live viewership has jumped 40 percent from last year, thanks to Tina Fey and her impersonation of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Tina Fey has got america laughing with her potrayal of Palin. Her opening night act with Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton was viewed by a huge TV audience. According to CNN, more than 9 million people viewed the video of that episode online. The second episode where she did the Palin – Katie Couric interview, it was viewed by another 7 million people online.
The fact that viewers are enjoying watching Tina Fey making fun of Sarah Palin is also showing in some new poll numbers. According to a study conducted by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (MCIPO) to obtain Americans’ perceptions of Governor Sarah Palin after viewing a skit on Saturday Night Live,
314 self-reported Democrats, Republicans and Independents revealed that after viewing a Tina Fey impersonation of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, Palin’s favorability ratings dropped slightly among all parties.
Favorability ratings for Sarah Palin pre/post viewing of video:
Pre Post All Responders 47% 43% Democrats 24% 17% Republicans 80% 79% Independents 37% 33%
According to a CNN article – Palin told reporters on Tuesday she’d love to appear on the show with Fey. “I love her, she’s a hoot and she’s so talented,” Palin said. “It would be fun to meet her, imitate her and keep on giving her new material.”
It seems the McCain campaign had first called the producer of the show to say they enjoyed the first Tina Fey episode. It is being hoped and expected that Palin would walk on to the Saturday Night Live show in one of the three remaining episodes before the November 4 presidential election.