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Jim Carrey's 'SNL' ratings biggest since Betty White

Jim Carrey and The Black Keys helped pump the first 2011 Saturday Night Live to the show’s biggest overnight rating since last May.

SNL delivered a 7.8 in the metered-market household Nielsens. You have to go back to when Betty White hosted the show with Jay-Z as musical guest last season to find a bigger next-day number. Though Carrey’s energy helped keep viewers awake (recap here), SNL was doubtless also aided by having a lead-in from the NFL Wild Card Playoff game.

Tonight NBC hopes its strong numbers continue with the two-hour premiere of The Cape. Here’s Ken Tucker’s review, and here’s Jeff Jensen with some subversive secrets behind the origin of the show.