It turns out that 88-year old Betty White is more popular that originally reported, as new ratings for her performance on NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" indicate she drew nearly 3 million additional viewers through digital video recorders, the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog reports.
That means her guest spot on the show was watched by 14.95 million viewers, based on people who watched the show through DVRs and on TV in the seven days after its live broadcast. Earlier ratings had the show pegged at 12.1 million viewers.
She also received a significant bump among viewers between 18 to 49 years old, with the show seeing a bump up to a 6.0 rating, up from the initial rating of 4.6 when it was first aired, the article said. That puts her performance in the same league as "American Idol," which is the only program that regularly reaches a 6 rating, according to the story.