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Oscars 2014: Host DeGeneres helps TV ratings to 10-year high

Published on Mar 4, 2014 5:51 AM

HOLLYWOOD, United States (AFP) - Oscars telecast ratings hit a 10-year high, preliminary data showed on Monday, as Ellen DeGeneres won plaudits for slick hosting of Hollywood's biggest night - and breaking a Twitter record.

The 86th Academy Awards were seen by 43 million Americans, drawing the biggest audience of any entertainment programme since the finale of hit sitcom Friends in May 2004, according to estimates by ratings service Nielsen.

The three-and-a-half-hour show averaged a 12.9 rating for adults aged 18-48, according to the preliminary figures cited by ABC, the Oscars broadcaster. Only NFL playoff games had had bigger ratings in recent years, industry journal Variety reported.

The figures were up some 6 per cent from last year's show, which was hosted by comic Seth MacFarlane who was accused of bad taste in some of his jokes.

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