It looks like Facebook knew best in this case.
Betty White's heavily hyped and rapturously reviewed stint as "Saturday Night Live" brought the venerable late-night comedy some of its best ratings in years.
[Yes, Jay-Z and the return of several beloved female former cast members may have contributed.]
The May 8 "Saturday Night Live" drew 12.1 million viewers and a 4.6 rating in the 18-49 demo. It was the biggest audience for "SNL" since a pair of 2008 episodes featuring guest appearances by John McCain and Sarah Palin.
If you eliminate political stunts, this was the highest rated "SNL" in the demo since a 2004 episode hosted by Jennifer Aniston and it was the biggest audience in total viewers since a Steve Martin-hosted episode in 1994.
The Betty White episode also set a series record for full episode streams at NBC.com, with 728,000 full episode streams on Sunday, May 9 alone.