'Saturday Night Live' Betty White gig posts big ratings

betty-white-snl-03-scared-straight.jpgNBC is thanking Betty White for being a friend ... and for high "Saturday Night Live" ratings.

The 88-year-old host, musical guest Jay-Z and returning "SNL" alum drew the highest ratings since the 2008 November pre-election show featuring Ben Affleck and presidential nominee John McCain, according to early estimates reports Variety.

That show, which also featured Tina Fey doing her Gov. Sarah Palin impersonation, had pulled in a 9.0 rating/20 share. White's May 8th gig averaged an 8.8/21.

In the 18-49 adult demo, the episode earned a 5.1 rating, once again, just shy of the Nov. 1, 2008 record of 5.2.

White's "SNL" also boasts the top ratings for the night.

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