Credit: Jamie McCarthy/ Getty Images Photo: Lindsay Lohan at the amfAR New York Gala at Fall 2012 Fashion Week in NYC on February 8, 2012

It may not have been the big comeback we were all hoping for, but even though critics were less than enthusiastic about Lindsay Lohan's job hosting last night's Saturday Night Live, audiences stuck it out with LiLo and the sketch show — so much so, in fact, that SNL earned its second-highest ratings of the season.

Aside from a January episode of SNL, which had the unusually strong lead-in of an NFL Wild Card playoff game and caused SNL to start late, last night's episode was the season's highest-rated episode yet. And while LiLo was greeted with a barrage of criticism from the Twittersphere as the show was airing, and more from news outlets the morning after, we're going to send some credit her way. Sure, she could have been better rehearsed, and her timing was less-than-great, but how could we possibly direct shade at someone involved in a modern masterpiece like The Real Housewives of Disney?

Source: EW

Credit: Hulu Photo: Must Watch! Lindsay Lohan Stars in ''The Real Housewives of Disney'' on SNL (VIDEO)

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