Oscars: Ellen Drives Awards Show to 43.7 Million Viewers

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.