GIVE THE PEOPLE what they want, and they'll stay up to see it.
Propelled by a much-hinted-at appearance by Tina Fey and with Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps as guest host, the 34th season premiere of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this weekend scored its highest overnight ratings for a season opener since 2001, when millions tuned in to see how it would cope in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Fulfilling the vision of every viewer who saw Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the first time and thought "Tina Fey!" the former "SNL" head writer and "Weekend Update" anchor, sporting what looked like Palin's suit and glasses and what sounded an awful lot like Palin's prairie accent, did everything but field-dress her lookalike in the first few minutes of the show, where she appeared, with "SNL's" Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton, to decry sexism.