Betty White helped "Saturday Night Live" reach its largest TV audience in 18 months.
'SNL' averaged an 8.8 rating in cities where viewership is measured overnight, up 66% from last year's 5.3 rating, and the highest overnight rating for "SNL" since November 1, 2008 when Senator John McCain was a special guest during his presidential campaign.
Final audience figures will be released today.
88 year-old Betty White joked in her opening monologue that "in 1952, we didn't want to do (TV) live, we just didn't know how to tape things."
Fans had launched a Facebook campaign to get 'SNL' producers to bring her on as guest host. She joked, "Now that I know what it is, it felt like a huge waste of time."
White also joked at the Facebook feature of "pokes" or "poking," which people use to attract other users. White said back in her day, "poking" was something people did on a moonlit hay ride -- typically under a blanket.
In a radio talk show skit, "Delicious Dish", White showed off her muffins. Playing the grandma of fictional Hollywood action star "MacGruber," she teased him about his manhood and breast reduction surgery.
There were 4 skits that made it to rehearal but not to the final show...