Oscars: Ellen Drives Awards Show to 43.7 Million Viewers

Oscars: Ellen Drives Awards Show to 43.7 Million Viewers

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Sunday's ceremony was the most-watched Academy Awards since 2000

Numbers for the 86th Academy Awards have been revised this morning — as expected — and they've gone up.

43.7 million viewers tuned in to watch this year's awards, making it the most-watched Oscars since 2000.

Viewers-wise, the final total represents an 8 percent increase from last year, when the show pulled in 40.4 million viewers.

In terms of ratings, it is the highest-rated Oscars in the advertiser-sought adults 18-49 demographic since 2010, with a 13.1 rating/33 share — a one percent uptick from last year, when the show had a 13.0/31.

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According to the previously-available preliminary numbers, the show was reported to be the most-watched Oscars in 10 years.

Sunday's show is the most-watched entertainment telecast since the May 2004 finale of “Friends.”

For the record: An earlier version of this story said that Sunday's Academy Awards surpassed the “Friends” finale in viewers, it did not. TheWrap regrets the error.

  • Data

    It's getting so I'm wanting to see proof of data — certain ratings, box office, online activities, etc. It is hard to believe so many watched this show. The show was unwatchable, none of the races were real nail biters, and the movies just weren't all that scintillating.

  • singabob

    It must be because it was a horrible winter night and there was nothing else “on.” If the TV producers think this is a validation of their efforts, they are wrong. The show was boring and not at all about ‘movies.’ Thank goodness the five or six important acceptance speeches made losing 3.5 hours of my life worth it…well, not exactly.

  • Luey

    It was a great show and Ellen was terrific! Loved the selfies and “Gravity” was just an amazing work. Happy about “12 Years a Slave” and Cate Blanchett. A great night for the movies all the way round. Again, bravo to Ellen who was really just incredible.