Just two hours ago I watched the second Tina Fey take on Sarah Palin. It was funny, not nearly as brilliant as the first one, which netted NBC a 7.4 rating in broadcast, but by the Wednesday after had scored 5.7 million viewers online through NBC.com, not including Hulu.com. Just in case you can’t get enough of the Palin/Clinton opener, here it is again in its glory. (Sorry I can’t embed it here, hulu and wordpress don’t get along.)
Curious to see how quickly NBC.com would post the new parody, I checked the site at 2:44AM ET (after it would have aired on the West Coast, but not before Hawaii and Alaska). Not surprisingly, it wasn’t there yet, but on good ol’ YouTube, it had already been posted twice. However, both posts I could find had already been taken down (the pink bar below shows the takedown notice, the video I tried to load is the third one down).
Enough of this, I’m going to bed.
UPDATE, 8:50AM ET SUNDAY
Just a few hours after Hawaii and Alaska have seen SNL and the clip has now been posted to Hulu and NBC.com. If last time the Palin sketch generated 5+ million viewers on NBC.com in a few days, expect this one to do half that, because it’s half as good.
YouTube now has several dozen versions of the clip also playing. My speculation as to why they aren’t being halted by a takedown order: 1) most of them are of the “I filmed this by pointing a camera at the TV” variety, which makes the video harder to detect automatically using algorithms; and 2) so many people now know they can get a high quality version on official sites that maybe NBC isn’t as concerned about manually combing through the search results. The video I found with the most views only had 704 views as of this morning.