Tina Fey-Hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ Grabs Best Premiere Ratings in 3 Years

With Arcade Fire as musical guests, the season premiere grew 9 percent over last year

Tina Fey‘s return to her old “Saturday Night Live” stomping grounds turned out to be quite the draw — the season premiere of the late-night show on Saturday delivered the series’ best debut ratings in three years.

The Season 39 premiere, hosted by Fey, drew a 2.4 rating/10 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic — up 9 percent from last season’s premiere.

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In total viewers, the season premiere — which featured musical guests Arcade Fire — drew 6.5 million, a 10 percent boost over the 2012 season premiere.

Interestingly, Fey’s episode was the highest rated premiere since the 2010 season premiere — which was hosted by her former Weekend Update colleague Amy Poehler. That episode, with musical guest Katy Perry, had a 2.6 rating.

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Saturday’s season premiere was also the highest-rated “SNL” episode since the April 13 episode hosted by Vince Vaughn.