Hollywood’s biggest night scored 18.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen’s live plus same-day figures.
The 95th Academy Awards, which were broadcast Sunday night on ABC, saw a 13% uptick in viewership from the 2022 ceremony that brought in 16.7 million viewers, according to live plus same-day Nielsen figures.
After the 94th awards ceremony averaged a 3.8 rating in the key broadcast demographic among adults 18-49, Sunday night’s telecast received a 4.0 rating, marking a 5.3% increase over last year.
Sunday night’s telecast also marks a continued rebound after the 2020 ceremony saw the lowest viewership ever for the Oscars with 10.4 million people, with 2022 remaining as the second least-watched telecast ever.
The ceremony inched closer to pre-pandemic numbers, as the 2020 ceremony averaged a 5.3 rating and drew in 23.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen — both of which were record lows at the time.
Sunday’s Academy Awards also outperformed this year’s slew of awards shows, including the Grammys, which drew in 12.5 million viewers and received a 2.9 rating on CBS as well as the 2022 Emmys, which brought in 5.9 million viewers and a rating of 1.1.
As beloved Hollywood staples Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Brendan Fraser, among others, shared their heart-felt emotion and inspiration on stage as they accepted their awards, the ceremony also received 27.4 million total social interactions across Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
As expected, this year’s ceremony continued to celebrate “Everything Everywhere All at Once” as the Yeoh-led flick took home a whopping seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best (Original or Adapted) Screenplay, Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress. In a surprise turn of events, “All Quiet on the Western Front” won four Academy Awards, leaving favorites “The Banshees of Inisherin, “Elvis,” “The Fabelmans,” “Tár” and “Triangle of Sadness” without a win.