The premiere this season of “Saturday Night Live” was the show’s most watched season debut in the past eight years.

{mosads}The SNL episode, hosted by Margot Robbie, saw a 31 percent increase from last year’s premiere and was the biggest premiere since 2008, the show announced in a release.

The episode featured Alec Baldwin as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and he received praise for his performance.

The opening skit recreated the first presidential debate, in which Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off against each other.

The season debut also featured Larry David playing Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The episode averaged 8.297 million viewers, about 2 million more than last year’s season debut, which averaged 6.323 million.

The show’s highest total-viewer average was the season premiere on Sept. 13, 2008. The episode, hosted by Michael Phelps, featured Tina Fey playing Gov. Sarah Palin. 

The episode averaged 10.151. million viewers overall.

 

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