Jim Carrey's 'SNL' ratings biggest since Betty White

Jim Carrey and The Black Keys helped pump the first 2011 Saturday Night Live to the show’s biggest overnight rating since last May.

SNL delivered a 7.8 in the metered-market household Nielsens. You have to go back to when Betty White hosted the show with Jay-Z as musical guest last season to find a bigger next-day number. Though Carrey’s energy helped keep viewers awake (recap here), SNL was doubtless also aided by having a lead-in from the NFL Wild Card Playoff game.

Tonight NBC hopes its strong numbers continue with the two-hour premiere of The Cape. Here’s Ken Tucker’s review, and here’s Jeff Jensen with some subversive secrets behind the origin of the show.

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  • ryan

    IT was funny I just think it could have been alot funnier.

    • anonymous

      Cripes !

    • anonymous

      Shame on you.

    • stu

      I LUV U PHILLIP MORRIS was fun.

    • truth

      Yuuty, your grammar is horrible… Broken words, impropper punctuation, and pointless dashes. gtfo retard.

    • kellybelly

      Yea, Jim was fine, just the whole show wasn’t that funny. It was just okay. (I expected Jim to do well, he’s from the skit type of show with his “In Living Color” background). There are a lot of funny people on this show now — the “others” cast members are pretty good. The writing needs to get better. I laughed the most at the Merryville Bros.

  • LOL

    NFL lead in (in the east) + Merryville Brothers + Black Keys = TV GOLD!

  • D

    I have never thought Jim Carrey was all that funny. It’s amazing that I used to think he was the weakest link on In Living Color, and yet he’s gone on to the greatest career of that bunch. Last night’s Black Swan skit was just more of the same from him.

    • Cygnus

      Probably because the white media has promoted him more and given him more second chances than they would on a black comedian with arguably more talent and humor.

      • Truth Hurts

        What an ignorant comment, I don’t care what race you are you shouldn’t show how ignorant you are in public if you actually had any intelligence and not an immediate one race vs. another outlook on life then you would know what any real fan of “In living color,” knows, and that is that the show was canceled and those careers wasted because the Wayans family’s in-fighting kept everyone down, and really fool we all have seen more successful Jamie Foxx movies than Jim Carey movies. Why you gotta bring him down with your statement, shameful.

  • lindsey

    I think more people watched because they know that Jim Carey can be funny. Even I watched and I haven’t watched in forever. Still not funny tho.

  • Mary Swanson

    I wish people would stop with the tired “SNL isn’t funny anymore” argument. Actually, it isn’t even an argument, but rather more of a cliched statement.

    I thought Jim Carrey did an awesome job. His humor/style of comedy really works for SNL. I’ve watched every episode for a couple years now and I laughed out loud at most of the sketches, which isn’t usual for me at all. It was great having an actor with a comedic background host, instead of another football player or hot actress that can’t act and just reads her lines off a cue card. I think that was a huge factor in people tuning in; people knew that it would be an entertaining show and that Jim could bring the laughs.

    • Breckster82

      i think the “SNL isn’t funny anymore” argument has been going strong since around 1980. definitely time to retire.

    • kellybelly

      Um, Jim Carrey started on “In Living Color”. A Comedy skit show, that ran up against “MadTv”. The Wayans brothers created, wrote and some starred in the show–”In Living Color” with Jim. The show also had opening dance segments — “The Fly Girls” which I think that girl judge on Dancing with the Stars started on too.

      • anonymous

        Fly Girl was Jennifer Lopez !

      • Brittany

        so was carrie-ann

  • nicole

    The skit Jim Carrey did about Soul Train. I laughed so hard I cried. That song was so funny. “I Only Need One Titty”-genius!!!

    • Brittany

      billy ocean was pretty funny too
      ‘get out of my car into my trunk”
      “I SAID GET IN MY TRUNK”

  • LoveItOrLeaveIt

    I LOVE Jim Carrey! I was so happy to see him! He’s made me laugh alot since ILC and the first Ace Ventura Pet Detective Movie!!!! I love Jim Carrey!

  • BONO

    SHUT UP YOU FILTHY EIMYH!!!

  • YOU ARE IDIOTS

    isn’t it ironic that the REAL Larry David made his money off a very funny Jewish Person, and now some D-Bag uses his name to spew unfunny Hate Speech!

  • Jan

    Time.Inc, please get it together. Please monitor the boards. We don’t need advertising for dating sites and we don’t need anti-semitic rants.

    • Obvious Man Says

      hmm, ever hear of freedom of the press?

      • Really?

        Leaving a message on a board is not considered journalism. And anti-semitism is against the law.

  • JP

    My wife and I found it totally funny. Even the Black Swan bit was great. . .

  • ace

    I saw some of the show. It was good. It was nice seeing Jim on there doing his thing. :D

  • marjo

    All but a small fraction of the show was pre-empted in Detroit. This is the same station that replaced the Halloween Community with a kid’s show. Sux.

  • j

    I watched the whole show and thought I felt like I was watching a slow motion train wreck.

    J.C. was definitely funny but I felt that the comedy style was dated. It felt like someone was trying to create a fine 18th century painting with crayons or trying to use 35mm film in a digital camera. Both can create cool art when used properly but together they are no Peanutbutter and Chocolate…

    I think the “oh crap this is horrible” moment was the WORST OF SOUL TRAIN skit. Even JC didn’t save that with his creepy DeBarge impersonation & t!tty song. . .

  • kieller

    All of those people are ew.com regular trolls. Don’t take anything they say seriously because they aren’t being serious and they just want attention.

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