Television ratings for this year’s Oscars increased slightly according to preliminary figures on Monday, with female viewership increasing for the show hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres. Figures released by Nielsen Media Research showed a three percent increase on last year’s audience, jumping from 38.9 million viewers to 39.9 million. Viewership for the Oscars has dipped in recent years. Last year’s show hosted by John Stewart was the second smallest audience since 1998, and Sunday’s figures were still well off the 42.1 million in 2005 and 2004’s 43.5 million. AFP reports.