Oscars Slip 6.3 Percent to 34.3 Million Viewers

Sunday’s event was a little closer to last year’s numbers in key 18-49 demographic

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The 2016 Academy Awards grabbed 34.3 million total viewers, down 6.2 percent from last year.

That means Sunday had the third fewest eyeballs since Nielsen began electronically tracking in 1992.

In the key 18-49 demographic, the Oscars had a 10.4 rating. That was a little closer to 2015’s mark, but still a few points shy.

Last year, the Oscars had dropped 16 percent in overall audience, settling for 36.6 million total viewers. The 2015 film celebration received a 10.8 rating in the main demo, based on Nielsen’s fast national ratings.

From 8-8:30 p.m. ET, the “Oscars Red Carpet Live” nabbed 22.2 million total viewers on average.

Read about the 88th annual Academy Awards household ratings here, and ABC’s broadcast competition’s fast national numbers here.

Also according to Nielsen, the Oscars were the most social program on Sunday with a total of 1.8 million people in the U.S. sending 7.2 million tweets.

Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning an Academy Award was one of the hottest topics on Twitter, as was “Spotlight” upsetting “The Revenant” in the final category of the evening, Best Picture.

Last year, Neil Patrick Harris hosted the ceremony. Last night, it was Chris Rock‘s turn, and the stand-up comedian skewered Hollywood over its lack of diversity among the nominees.