Michael Che and Colin Jost are Going to Prime Time

Additional "Saturday Night Live" cast members will also make appearances.

Capitalizing on some of its highest ratings in years, "Saturday Night Live" will again spin off its long-running "Weekend Update" segment into prime time this summer.

Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler did however host a "Weekend Update" segment in it's own prime time slot prior to the presidential election back in 2008 but only aired for three more episodes before being cancelled.

The ratings of "SNL" have surged this season, with Alec Baldwin playing Trump and frequent sketches about the campaign and new administration. Title aside, the shows will air on Thursday nights at 9 ET/PT starting August 10.

The half-hour telecast will feature "Weekend Update" anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che.

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SNL's ratings have increased 21% over past year among adults 18-49, and up 26% in total viewers when comparing season 42 to season 41. Advantages are obvious: "SNL" keeps the brand in front of fans awaiting the new season, and keeps it current when the rest of late-night TV continues to dine out on the current political climate.

The venerable sketch show averaged 11 million viewers for the first half of its 42nd season, up 22% from previous year.

Still, the show's Live +7 ratings are up 26 percent year to year in viewers (11.02 million vs. 8.82 million in 2015-16) and up 22 percent in adults 18-49 (3.6 vs. 2.9).

"'SNL" is having its best season in a quarter of a century.so we didn't want them to take the summer off", said NBC Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt in a statement.

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