Lindsay Lohan's appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend was a huge success, reeling in the biggest ratings the sketch comedy show has garnered since Charles Barkley hosted the season premier.
The former child star who recently appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine had nothing new to promote on this, her 4th appearance on SNL, but that didn't stop audiences from tuning in to watch her and musical guest Jack White. The combo brought in a 5.5 overnight household rating.
The good news is people watched. The bad news was, they watched closely. And like a nation full of Mean Girls, they judged.
47% of those who participated in an Entertainment Weekly poll clicked the option that read: "That was, unquestionably, the worst host job of the season. It was bad. Like, January Jones bad."
Jen Chaney of the Washington Post was less hysterical. "In essence, this was hardly a disaster on par with, say, Lana Del Rey. But Lohan also didn’t fully reclaim her status as a young comic performer worthy of casting in major Hollywood projects."
David Sims of the A.V. Club was also not fully disappointed in the performance. "I knew what I should expect—she’d do something between a bad and competent job, and as long as the material was OK, she’d clear the very low bar set for her, like Sarah Palin at a vice presidential debate," Sims wrote. "That’s exactly what happened—Lohan was barely a presence in the episode, and her energy definitely wasn’t that high, but the sketches were by and large pretty decent, so it felt like an alright show."
Comedianne Joan Rivers, however, mocked the 25 year-old actress and implied that the troubled star should go back to rehab.
"Lindsay Lohan was so bad on SNL that the judge is sending her back to rehab, but for acting lessons," Rivers tweeted.
Later Rivers cushioned the blow a tad, adding, "But good for Lindsay for showing up sober and trying to get her life back together! It ain't easy. I struggle over chocolate every day."