'SNL' sees highest-rated program in four years, more than 7.7 million tune in

'SNL' sees highest-rated program in four years, more than 7.7 million tune in
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“Saturday Night Live” delivered its highest-rated show in four years for NBC, according to early numbers from Nielsen Media Research, with 7.765 million viewers tuning in for the season premiere.

The program, which was broadcast live before an indoor studio audience in New York City despite Broadway being shuttered and the city's movie theaters being closed, was hosted by comedian Chris Rock and featured Alec Baldwin returning as President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE, Jim Carrey as Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Biden vaccine rule sets stage for onslaught of lawsuits MORE, former cast member Maya Rudolph as Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMeghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup Honeymoon's over: Biden's record may have Americans demanding a divorce The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness MORE and musical guest Megan Thee Stallion.

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Rock created controversy in his opening monologue in addressing what he described as "the elephant in the room" regarding Trump testing positive coronavirus and going to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment late last week.

"President Trump is in the hospital from COVID," Rock said. "I just want to say my heart goes out to COVID."

Carrey's turn as Biden received generally poor reviews.

Veteran "SNL" cast member Kate McKinnon also paid tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgBill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol Supreme Court's approval rating dips to 49 percent  Anti-abortion movement eyes its holy grail MORE, who died at age 87 last month.