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
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href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lindsay-lohan-saturday-night-live-reviews-296764" target="_blank">fairly scathing reviewsfollowing 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.