Thursday, September 07, 2006

Rosie comes up roses

As much as I've bagged on Rosie O'Donnell's spoiling The View (yes, bad pun intended), I am happy to see that she is pulling in viewers. She may be the stereotypical big-mouthed angry lesbian at times, but she is still family. And, as family, I'm always pleased whenever we find mainstream acceptance. And it doesn't get more mainstream, soccer mom, mini van America than The View (except for Oprah, which is its own crazy cult in and of itself). Rosie's debut Tuesday attracted 4.2 million viewers nationwide, representing a 54 percent jump from the same day a year ago when the show had 2.7 million viewers. The show also saw a bump in the coveted 18-49 age group in women. Plus, Rosie did it all with her longtime girlfriend Kelli Carpenter sitting and cheering in the audience. In other good family news, The Ellen DeGeneres Show opened its fourth season on Monday with a record 3.3 rating, which was nearly 30 percent better than its season premiere from 2005. Let the the lesbian dominance of daytime television begin. Toaster ovens for everyone!

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