Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake smash SNL holiday ratings

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Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake smash SNL holiday ratings

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Dec 23, 2013

Merry Christmas, NBC! Host Jimmy Fallon with musical guest Justin Timberlake obliterated "Saturday Night Live" ratings on Dec. 21 with "SNL's highest-rated Christmas edition since its Dec. 18, 2004, episode, which was hosted by Robert DeNiro with musical guest Destiny's Child," notes E!.  

"The episode averaged a 6.3 rating in Nielsen's 56 metered markets, with a 3.9 ratings in the all-important adults 18-49 demo in the 25 markets with Local People Meters. The duo's cheer-inducing ratings are the series' best since their Jan. 7, 2012 episode, which was hosted by Charles Barkley and featured Kelly Clarkson as the musical guest."

Starting the holiday show off as rappers rapping about gift-wrap, Timberlake wrapped in a bright-red roll of wrapping paper, rapped alongside fellow green gift-bag Fallon. With enlarged Mickey Mouse-style hands and feet, Timberlake and Fallon rapped gift-wrapping versions of Ludacris' "Roll Out," Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Something," and Macklemore's "Thrift Shop."

In his opening monologue, Fallon praises his idols: Sir David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and Sir Paul McCartney, with a stirring impersonation of "Joy to The World" in "their" voices. Legendary McCartney surprised, in person, joining Fallon for a "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" duet.

Continuing this star-studded stunner, Bee Gees' famed Barry Gibb appeared for the resurrection of "The Barry Gibb Show" with Fallon as Barry, and Timberlake as his late brother, Robin. The trio closed the sketch with "Talkin' It Up," as Madonna also made a small cameo. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Fallon and Seth Meyers for an episode of "Weekend Update."

"The night's most delightfully surprising drop-by, however, didn't happen in a sketch-- it came during the goodnights, when Chris Rock inexplicably showed up," says Entertainment Weekly

Other show highlights include: "(Do It On My) Twin Bed" a tune inspired by staying in your childhood bedroom with your significant other, while visiting your parents for the holidays, in a "Pussycat Dolls-esque video, with awesome shots of the show's ladies (and Fallon) dancing up on their middle school class photos." And Timberlake's laser-throbbing performances of "Only When I Walk Away" and "Pair of Wings."

"SNL" returns with 2014 episodes on Jan. 18 with Drake serving as both co-host and musical guest. 'Til then, "bring it on down to Wrappingville!" 

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.