'Idol' gives Ellen's talk show record ratings
During her first week on "Idol," Ellen's syndicated "Ellen DeGeneres Show" show scored its highest weekly average rating ever.
"Ellen" delivered a 2.9 household rating, her best in seven years on the air. She was also up 12% week-to-week and 26% year-to-year.
Season-to-date, "Ellen" has a 2.4. By comparison, industry titan Oprah Winfrey dominates with a 5.1, followed by the evil Dr. Phil (2.9) and the good Dr. Oz (2.8) tied with "Regis and Kelly" (2.8). "Ellen" was fifth.