Producers stars boost Ellen ratings

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)

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