Producers stars boost Ellen ratings

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December 31 2005 12:00 AM ET

The Ellen DeGeneres Show had its best week ever
during the week ended December 18 thanks in part to an
appearance by the cast of the feature film The
. The syndicated talk show averaged a
series-high 2.7 household rating, up 4% from the
previous week, according to Nielsen Media Research, in a
week where PUT (people using television) levels were
down by an average of more than 2 million viewers,
causing many other syndicated shows to suffer
week-to-week decreases.

Ellen's performance was spurred in part by the
December 16 episode featuring Producers cast
members Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman, and
Will Ferrell. More than 5 million viewers tuned in,
marking Ellen's biggest single-day audience in its
2-1/2 years on the air. Ellen also saw the
biggest year-to-year increase of any talker, jumping
13%. (Kimberly Speight, Reuters)