Kimberly wasn't good to Betty Suarez back in high school and she hasn't done much for her lately, either.
Lindsay Lohan's buzzed-about appearance as a Mean Girl from Betty's past on Thursday's season finale of Ugly Betty didn't do much for the acclaimed ABC comedy, ratings-wise. The finale attracted about 8.8 million viewers, up only about 300,000 from the prior week's episode yet down 16.2 percent from the Golden Globe winner's 2007 finale.
Betty's viewership was good enough for 17th place in the Nielsens, however, in what was another finale-laden week in a writers' strike-stunted season. But Britney's comeback turn on How I Met Your Mother still holds the title for show most helped by a reformed trainwreck.
But while Lohan's guest turn only helped Ugly Betty—and, presumably, the starlet's own career—so much, her offscreen shenanigans made possible the new E! series Living Lohan, whose May 19 debut did 50 percent more business than last year's premiere of Sunset Tan in the same time slot. (E! Online is a division of E! Entertainment Television.)