Hillary Clinton, Miley Cyrus Carry ‘SNL’ to Solid Premiere Ratings

Episode outperforms last season’s debut in households but is down slightly in 18-49 demo

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — "Miley Cyrus" Episode 1684 — Pictured: Musical guest Miley Cyrus performs on October 3, 2015 — (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)

Powered by Miley Cyrus and Hillary Clinton, “Saturday Night Live” drew solid ratings for the premiere of its 41st season.

The debut Saturday evening drew a 4.5 in metered market household ratings, up 13 percent from last season’s premiere starring Chris Pratt an Ariana Grande. It was “SNL’s” highest metered-market household rating since Jan. 24.

But the “SNL” premiere was down one tenth of a point from last year at 2.0. among viewers 18-49.

Cyrus pulled double duty as host and musical guest Saturday night, but it was Clinton who stole the show in a guest appearance as a bartender serving drinks to Kate McKinnon, who was portraying the presidential candidate.

Total-viewer numbers for the premiere will not be available until Thursday.

A two-hour “SNL” primetime special, “Live From New York,” drew a 0.6 demo rating and 2.7 million total viewers at 8 p.m.