The verdict is in: Funnyman Jonah Hill's turn as host on “Saturday Night Live” wasn't received as poorly as last week's criticized episode with Lindsay Lohan, but he couldn't match her ratings.
New York Magazine's Vulture notes that Hill has some qualities that "make for the perfect 'SNL' host," namely his comedy experience and the fact that he's hosted before.
Given those attributes, Vulture can't figure out why Hill's second time at bat for "SNL," which included sketches about the Oscars, a Japanese game show and a parody of Rush Limbaugh, "was so blah."
The Huffington Post agrees, saying that Hill's turn as host was "off." There was something amiss, leading to not a single "must-see" sketch.
Entertainment Weekly adds that while Hill's performance wasn't the worst, it just might've benefited from having the Lohan episode on the week prior. Without it, the Oscar nominee would possibly be "catching far more heat"... Jonah Hill is a gifted comic actor, but unfortunately his talents couldn't transcend the mixed bag of material during this week's 'SNL.'"
The ratings weren't laudatory, either. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “21 Jump Street” star - who was joined on the episode by venerable actor Tom Hanks and indie rock band The Shins - failed to top the ratings achieved by Lohan the previous week.
In fact, they slipped 21 percent - with Hill’s turn averaging a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demo, with a 4.3 rating overall.
Lohan’s, on the other hand, boasted a 5.5 rating in metered households.
"SNL" will be off for a few weeks, but "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara will serve as host of the April 7th episode with musical guest One Direction.