Over the weekend, the first new episode of Saturday Night Live to air since the end of the writers’ strike posted the show’s highest ratings since Feb. 4, 2006, easily topping seven million viewers, Variety reports. SNL hadn’t broadcast since the fall, which made Saturday’s show—the first in four consecutive weeks of new SNL episodes—with Tina Fey as host (see above), guest appearances by Mike Huckabee (he was on Weekend Update, too) and Steve Martin (who, coincidentally, hosted the Feb. 4, 2006 episode), and a musical performance by Carrie Underwood, a highly anticipated event.
SNL hasn’t run 4 four new shows in a row since the 1970s. Next week’s host is Ellen Page, the 21-year-old star of Juno, who will probably be a bit bummed after losing the Oscar for best actress at last night’s Academy Awards. Can’t wait for that monologue!