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The Real Sarah Palin on SNL

Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin made an appearance on "Saturday Night Live," sharing the stage with Tina Fey, the former SNL cast member who bears a striking resemblance to the Alaska governor, Reuter's reported.

Opening with a mock press conference, featuring Fay mocking the candidate, before switching to a backstage view which featured Palin speaking with show's producer Lorne Michaels.

The skit played on Fey and Palin's resemble when actor Alec Baldwin seemingly mistook Palin for Fey, greeting her with a casual "Hey Tina."

Due to the real Palin's appearance, SNL enjoyed its highest ratings in 14 years.

According to an LA Times blog, the final Nielsen figures will be out later this week, but estimates put the average audience at 14 million with the largest number at 17 million for the show's first half-hour.