Monday, March 3
(Los Angeles, CA) -- It was another golden night for the Oscars and ABC. Early ratings from Sunday's telecast of the 86th Academy Awards show a seven percent increase in viewership from last year's Seth MacFarlane-hosted ceremony - and Oscar's best ratings since 2005. Final numbers will be made available later today. Sunday's Oscar telecast was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres who delivered decidedly less controversial content than her immediate hosting predecessor. MacFarlane drew criticism last year for some blue humor that did not go over well with some groups.