Ratings: Ellen's Oscars Encore Delivers a 14-Year High in Audience, Kimmel's After-Show Surges

2014 Oscars RatingsEllen DeGeneres‘ second turn as host of the Academy Awards delivered — you see, I chose a photo of the pizza delivery guy — with the kudoscast posting its largest total audience since 2000’s Billy Crystal-fronted outing.

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What’s more, the show’s 43.7 million viewers (per final numbers from Nielsen) marks the most-watched entertainment telecast since Friends‘ May 2004 finale.

In the coveted 18-49 demo, this year’s Oscars is up a tenth from Seth McFarlane’s 2013 turn, scoring a four-year high 13.1 rating. And interestingly, the show hit a nine-year high with the Kids 2-11 demo, though many of those poor rugrats probably didn’t get to stay up to hear Adele Dazim Idina Menzel belt “Let it Go.”

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Capping ABC’s night, Jimmy Kimmel’s annual after-show drew 7 million total viewers, with 2.4 mil landing in the 18-49 sweet spot — up some 20 percent year-over-year.