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Betty White Leads “Saturday Night Live” To Monster Rating

The viral Internet campaign did more than pressure NBC to book Betty White as the host of this week’s “Saturday Night Live”–it also helped make the episode “SNL”‘s most-watched outing since November 2008.

White’s episode drew a 5.1 adults 18-49 rating and an 8.8/21 household rating, the highest figures since the Ben Affleck-hosted episode more than a year-and-a-half ago. That episode also featured an appearance by Senator and then-presidential-hopeful John McCain.

The episode, which also brought back female “SNL” alumni in Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon, even outpaced this season’s much-hyped Charles Barkley-hosted episode.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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