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OTRC: Diddy-Dirty Money, Robert De Niro help 'SNL' earn record ratings

Diddy and Robert De Niro appear in a 'Saturday Night Live' sketch on Dec. 4, 2010. (NBC)

Diddy-Dirty Money, rapper Diddy's newest music group, and actor Robert De Niro helped "Saturday Night Live" score its highest ratings since its season 36 premiere in September.

The December 4 episode, which included a rap sketch with Diddy and De Niro, who was dressed as a woman, earned the show a 5.0 rating in metered-market households, marking a 14 percent increase from last year, according to an NBC press release.

De Niro is promoting his latest film, "Little Fockers", the third in a comedy series starring Ben Stiller.

The show, which marked Diddy's "Saturday Night Live" debut, also featured performances from Diddy-Dirty Money, which plans to release its debut album, "Last Train to Paris" on December 14.

Check out a clip from the show.

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