Lindsay Lohan's 'SNL' scores high ratings despite critic bashing

Lindsay Lohan may not have impressed critics while hosting Saturday Night Live, but viewers sure didn’t switch her off.

Last night’s SNL delivered the show’s highest-scoring regular performance of the season, with a 5.5 overnight household rating. Only a late-starting SNL telecast that was boosted by a primetime NFL Wild Card playoff game back in January scored a bigger number this season. Jack White as SNL‘s musical guest couldn’t have hurt either.

Lohan poked fun of her personal troubles on the show, such as appearing in a spoof of the prison documentary Scared Straight (see our recap here). But she appeared to rely heavily on cue cards and was merely a background performer in some sketches.

EW.com’s poll asked readers if Lohan was the worst host of the season. Time called it a “less-than stellar” comeback. Newsday said she was “just THERE for the most part.” Though Washington Post said Lohan was “hardly a disaster.”

Of course, some in the Twitter-sphere were far less kind than critics. Joan Rivers shot out: “Lindsay Lohan was so bad on SNL that the judge is sending her back to rehab, but for acting lessons.”


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