Her so-called “comeback” may have earned, uh, mixed reviews, but when it came to ratings, Lindsay Lohan’s “Saturday Night Live” 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 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, Lohan promised 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.