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Lindsay Lohan Makes SNL Audiences Cheer, While Critics Groan

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Every now and then you get a real example of just how far apart the critical community is from the average TV viewing audience. One example this season has been the CW's Hart Of Dixie getting terrific ratings despite being panned by every critic in Hollywood. This past weekend we got another one as perennial celebrity trainwreck Lindsay Lohan tried her hand at hosting the TV institution known as Saturday Night Live. Did she do well? Depends on who you ask.

Lindsay most likely awoke on Sunday morning after a long round of partying to news that her performance as host was being lambasted by every TV critic under the seen. Her monologue was lame and safe. Her jokes poorly delivered. Her performance wooden. These are all the types of complaints I've been reading since almost the minute the episode ended. I myself, didn't watch it. I stopped watching SNL reguarly years ago. The show has gotten stale to me. But in this case, my feelings aren't relevant. I'm more interested in the dichotomy involved here.

I can't remember the last time there was such a wide berth between the reviews of the performance of an SNL host and the public's reaction to it. The ratings of the Lohan hosted episode were up 12% from the previous week and made for SNL's second highest rated broadcast of this season. Reaction from everyday folks online is pretty positive in general. Yet the critics couldn't find a kind word in the dictionary to describe Lindsay's hosting stint.

Where do you stand? Was Lindsay good? Is she being unfairly maligned by critics? Or are the reviews right on the money? More importantly, what does Regina George think? Tell us in the comments.


Details
Show:
- Saturday Night Live
Person:
- Lindsay Lohan
Network:
- NBC

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:16 am

Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 6th, 2012, 9:51 am
I didn't really want to watch but I did tune in here and there. I have to admit Lindsay was good. Too bad she's so messed up. A skit about the real fairy tale housewives was guite funny.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 6th, 2012, 8:58 am
This episode was the worst. It felt like almost all the skits were reused. Shrug, she used to be so beautiful, and now...
Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 6th, 2012, 2:50 am
"The ratings of the Lohan hosted episode were up 12% from the previous week and made for SNL's second highest rated broadcast of this season" I don't watch SNL so don't have a comment about her performance one way or the other. But the fact that the ratings were up when she hosted is no surprise at all: all those extra people tuned in hoping to see a *live viewing* of the train-wreck that is Lindsay Lohan, rather than just *reading* about her.
zootie

Level 2 (57%)
Since: 02/Mar/10
Message Posted On Mar 5th, 2012, 12:11 pm
Her showing was funny and self-deprecating, sometimes a bit obvious, yet funny nonetheless. It was interesting to see her, much changed, hopefully wiser. I hope she doesn't fall back into old patterns and regresses once again.
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