Lindsay Lohan Delivers Big Ratings For 'Saturday Night Live'

While Lohan's hosting skills may be up for debate, her 'SNL' episode delivers second-highest ratings of the season.

Her so-called "comeback" may have earned, uh, mixed reviews, but when it came to ratings, [article id="1680377"]Lindsay Lohan's "Saturday Night Live"[/article] stint certainly delivered.

According to Deadline Hollywood, overnight numbers show that Lohan's "SNL" was the second-highest-rated episode of the season, trailing only the January 7 Charles Barkley-hosted telecast, which aired on the same night as NBC's coverage of the Lions/Saints NFL Wild Card playoff game.

The episode drew a 5.5 rating and a 14 share — meaning that 5.5 percent of all Nielsen households watched, and 14 percent of all households tuned in — up 12 percent from the most recent live "SNL" show, which aired on February 18. Lohan also delivered strongly in the coveted 18-49 demographic (a 3.3 rating and 15 share), up 14 percent from the last live show.

That's good news for "SNL" producers, who had to weather some

href="" target="_blank">fairly scathing reviews following Lohan's performance, in which she frequently read from cue cards and starred in several poorly received sketches (though the Jon Hamm cameo was pretty great).

In a "Today" show appearance before her hosting gig, [article id="1680215"]Lohan promised[/article] she'd prove her naysayers wrong on "SNL," and hinted that she'd poke fun at her previous legal issues on the show. Of course, from her opening monologue to an appearance in a "scared straight" skit, she did just that. And while folks can argue how effectively she performed, ratings-wise, there's no debating she packed a punch.