Ratings: Oscars Hit 10-Year Viewership High

Ratings: Oscars Hit 10-Year Viewership High

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Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscars special draws highest viewership ever

Sunday night's Oscars telecast drew an average 43 million total viewers, according to preliminary umbers, making it the most-watched entertainment telecast since the May 2004 finale of “Friends.”

In the 18-49 demographic most important to viewers, the Oscars telecast — airing on ABC — had a 12.9 rating.

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Compared to last year's Oscars, which had “Family Guy” boss Seth MacFarlane as host, the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted ceremony was up 6 percent in total viewers, making for the third consecutive year that the Academy Awards have increased their viewership.

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“Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars,” meanwhile, had its best numbers in the special's history, jumping 22 percent in total viewers over last year's special with just under 7 million, and 20 percent in the 18-49 demographic with 2.4 million viewers in the demo.

  • Red Rover 1

    Enjoyed the show…especially seeing Kim Novak!

  • ronbh

    Ellen was, again, on top of her game, despite having done the pizza bit before. It was still a hoot! Lupita Nyong'o was classy and gracious. Kudos to the ABC crew for holding-off playing the music during Jared Leto's moving, but lenghty speech. I also thought that some of the presenters hogged the mike from their partners. Matthew McConaughey handled it well, though, during a rather iffy appearance by Kim Novak. Is she OK? A shout out to Bill Murray for mentioning the late Harold Ramis.

    • guest

      10/10 comment, write more!

      • ronbh

        Thank you!

  • santacruzchuck

    Do these numbers include the masses that changed the channel after the first 30 minutes.

  • MAEM

    Ellen's jokes ran flat.

  • Burphelson AFB

    I wonder if the Pizza Delivery guy has an agent and publicist yet…

  • singabob

    Very disappointed with the show and Ellen. Most of her stuff was lame and it took away from the importance and enjoyment of the films, which is why I'm watching.

  • hupto

    But…but…how can this be? All the conservatives told us that America was sick of Hollywood shoving its “gay agenda” down our throats and no one would watch!