Maybe Sarah Palin should have been on the top of the ticket.
But, just like the debates, Sarah Palin was the larger draw.
According to NBC, the show averaged a 9.0 rating, 20 share in the 56 local markets metered by Nielsen Media Research. In plain English, that means the show did well. Or in Palin speak -- it did doggone good.
McCain's appearance gave the show its second best ratings in 11 years. Second to the show two weeks before that features ... Sarah Palin.
He made fun of his lack of money compared to Barack Obama's huge fundraising advantage, which allowed the Democratic nominee to buy up 30 minutes of time on seven networks last week.
“Would I rather be on three networks? Of course. But I”m a true maverick - a Republican without money," McCain deadpanned.
He also appeared on the faux news segment "Weekend Update." During this skit, McCain outlined some late breaking new strategies he was considering.
The two that got biggest laughs were:
1) The Double Maverick: "That's where I go totally berserk and just freak everybody out. Even the regular mavericks."
2) The Sad Grandpa: "That's where I get on TV and go, 'C'mon, Obama's gonna have plenty of chances to be president! It's my turn! Vote for me!' "
The ratings this year however show that in the eyes of fans, it's doing pretty well. Ratings are up 70 percent compared to last year.
And although Tina Fey has said if the McCain-Palin ticket wins she's leaving Earth, Palin had a message for Fey while stumping this weekend.
"A little advice for Tina: We wanted to make sure she’s holding onto that Sarah outfit because she’s going to need it for the next four years," Palin said.