By Breeanna Hare, CNN
Lindsay Lohan’s hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” hasn’t received rave reviews, but at least the viewers showed up to watch.
According to TVByTheNumbers.com, Lohan’s fourth time hosting the late night comedy show, which also featured musical guest Jack White, yielded the second-highest ratings of the season.
With a 5.5 overnight household rating, it was bested only by the January 7 edition of “SNL,” an episode that started later following the NFL Wild Card playoff game.
“SNL” viewers knew what to expect from Lohan before Saturday’s show, as she showed in promos that she wasn’t afraid to make fun of herself.
Her opening monologue made pointed references to her legal and personal woes, with Kenan Thomspon and Kristen Wiig checking her pupils and giving her a pat down.
TVLine thought that was the sign of bad things to come, calling the bit “so red-dog lazy it didn’t include a single fresh twist…And what’s more, the tepid punch lines and underdeveloped sketches whipped up on this week’s show make it inconclusive in determining whether or not Lohan still has the power to entertain.”
And as the show moved on, with Lohan appearing in sketches like the Disney Princess version of “The Real Housewives” and the “B108 FM Morning Show,” the 25-year-old actress didn’t seem able to provide consistent laughs.
As New York Magazine’s Vulture observes, “if the purpose of her appearance was to prove that she had returned to ‘Mean Girls’ form, it wasn’t a total success. Lohan stumbled over her lines…and with her appearance coming on the heels of an especially strong hosting debut by Maya Rudolph, the drop-off in quality was obvious.”
On the Web, MTV reports, “the early consensus…was that Lohan was given noticeably little to do and relied heavily on cue cards/teleprompters.”
“SNL’s” Taran Killam, meanwhile, has nothing but kind words for the rebounding star: “She was fantastic and really great,” he said Sunday, according to People magazine. “She really wants to turn it around, and she was great. I was surprised. She was a trooper.”