None of ABC’s Big 4 competitors dared air originals against mighty awards show
Sunday night’s prime-time TV was all about film, as ABC’s Oscars predictably trounced its rerun-laden broadcast competition.
Behind the Disney-owned network, CBS, NBC, Univision and Fox finished in a four-way tie for second among viewers 18-49.
Fast affiliate ratings are not accurate for a live event like ABC’s Academy Awards. Per earlier household ratings, the film celebration slipped 6 percent from 2015, marking an eight-year low. Read about those here.
Time-zone adjusted total viewer numbers should be out around 3 p.m. ET today.
For now, the fast affiliate numbers show ABC with an 8.3 rating/24 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.Among total viewers, the unreliable ABC prime-time tally is currently at 28.1 million. Those are inclusive of a 90-minute preshow and 150 minutes of actual trophy presentation/performances.
The above ABC figures should prove to be severely understated, however. Of course, they’d still be way ahead of the other broadcast networks anyway.
CBS, NBC, Univision and Fox all had a 0.7/2. CBS was second in total viewers with 4.9 million; NBC was third with 3.3 million; Univision was fourth with 1.9 million; Fox was fifth with 1.7 million. The English-language channels just aired reruns.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 848,000.