Early Ratings: Oscar Post Best Numbers Since 2005

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Oscars and ABC are basking in the glow of golden ratings. Early figures from Sunday's telecast of the 86th Academy Awards show a seven percent increase in viewership over last year. It's also the Oscar's best ratings since 2005. Sunday's Oscar telecast was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Last year's host Seth MacFarlane drew criticism last year for some blue humor that did not go over well with some groups.