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SNL had a few casting shakeups heading into Season 42, but the series still managed to pull in Alec Baldwin to play Donald Trump during the fall cycle. It's common for fans of the show to get a little more excited during election years, as the parodies on Saturday Night Live help to liven up our perspective in relation to the election. The popularity of these bits recently helped NBC's long-running sketch comedy series to crush. In fact, Emily Blunt's episode was the best for a Week 3 episode in eight years---that's right, when Barack Obama was first running for office.

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Emily Blunt was the host of Saturday's episode of SNL. With The Girl on a Train currently in theaters, this weekend was a good time to give the show a go. While she didn't end up being my favorite host of all time, a lot of people still tuned in to check the episode out. Now that the broader ratings are in, we know that SNL brought in 7 million total viewers. That's up 22% over last year's average. While early season ratings are no indication of how the show will do overall this TV season, it's still interesting to see how the show is stacking up during an election year. In addition, the new episode of Saturday Night Live average a 1.98 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

While we are harping on election sketches, here, Emily Blunt's episode wasn't totally Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton focuses. We also saw a monologue filled with cookies and puppies---no really---and a funny commercial for a women's clothing brand called "Chonk" that had me in stitches. Of course, there was still some excellent footage with Alec Baldwin looking a bit orange as Trump and Kate McKinnon bringing her usual vitality and wackiness to Hillary Clinton. You can check out this weekend's sketch, below.

Hopefully, the election jokes will keep adding a few eyeballs as Season 42 continues rolling out new episodes. Saturday Night Live also has veteran performer Tom Hanks on board for next week, as he's promoting his new movie Inferno. Bringing back Tom Hanks should bring in a few additional eyeballs as well.

You can catch new episodes of SNL when it airs on Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET, only on NBC. To find out what hosts are coming up on the sketch comedy series, head here. In addition, check out all the new and returning dates with our fall TV premiere schedule.