About 41.3 million people tuned in to
from the 2009 awards, which were seen by 36.3 million. In the coveted
category of adults ages 18 to 49, the Oscars averaged a 13.1 rating, an
8 percent gain over last year’s show. Each rating point in that
demographic represents 1.3 million viewers.
Sunday’s telecast was the most-watched Oscars since the 2005 show, which saw
row the audience for the Oscars has grown. Of course, the bar has been
pretty low lately. The 2008 awards, which saw “No Country for Old Men”
take the top prize, were the least-viewed on record, with only 32
million people watching.
The Oscar ratings again highlight the strength of
big-event television. The audiences have been growing for award shows
as of late, with the Golden Globes, Emmy Awards, Super Bowl and Grammy
Awards all seeing their audiences get bigger.
homes in the nation’s No. 1 television market. A tentative deal was
reached between the two companies as the show began, and the signal was
restored to those homes about 15 minutes into the Oscar telecast.
for the first half hour of the show’s broadcast were down but rose
throughout the night as word spread that WABC-TV was back on in
The painful Oscar pre-show on
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