For many Americans, The Ellen DeGeneres Show is as watched and adored as The Oprah Winfrey Show, according to recently released audience research. NBC Universal announced this week that it would renew Ellen through at least 2014. The program has increased in average viewers from 2.7 million a day in the past four years. Vegan funny lady DeGeneres appeared with Winfrey on the September issue of O Magazine, and in the past Winfrey has approached DeGeneres about moving her NBC talk show to Winfrey’s forthcoming OWN network. Along with hosting her talk show, DeGeneres can currently be seen as a regular judge on FOX’s American Idol.