By Jennifer Armstrong
October 20, 2008 at 08:24 PM EDT

Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin once again proved herself a ratings magnet with her Saturday Night Live guest spot pulling in the show’s highest numbers in 14 years, according to early overnight results from Nielsen. The Oct. 18 show’s 10.7 rating put it 161 percent over the same week last year and made it SNL‘s most-watched episode since Nancy Kerrigan hosted on March 12, 1994; it ranked for the entire week below only primetime behemoths Dancing With the Stars and CSI.

The rest of the weekend brought in more ho-hum numbers for primetime. CBS won Friday night thanks to Ghost Whisperer (8.9 million viewers) and Numb3rs (8.6 million), though NBC’s two-hour Crusoe premiere (7.3 million) beat CBS’ freshman romantic dramedy The Ex List (6.4 million) in the 9 p.m. hour. The Eye also won Saturday with its lineup of crime show reruns, averaging 6.2 million viewers, and yes, it won the much more competitive Sunday as well, averaging 13.5 million viewers. Its lineup (60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit) got a big assist from its early-evening football lead-in, but ABC’s Desperate Housewives (15.3 million) wound up the 9 p.m. hour winner. Meanwhile, The CW barely registered with In Harm’s Way (635,000), Valentine Inc. (718,000), and Easy Money (722,000). Sounds like someone needs a miracle guest appearance from a certain governor.

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