Oscars Deliver Huge Telecast Ratings

Last night’s Oscar telecast scored the ceremony’s highest viewership numbers in years with an audience of 43 million in the United States alone.

It also scored a 12.9 rating amongst adults 18-49, which adds up to making this the most watched entertainment telecast since the finale of “Friends” back in May 2004.

A combination of a relatively open field for Best Picture, popular box-office favourites like “Gravity” and “Frozen” being in the mix, and the safe and inoffensive hosting hands of Ellen DeGeneres, all combined to deliver numbers 6% higher than last year’s heavily criticised Seth MacFarlane-hosted gig.

The ceremony was just as long though, clocking in at three hours and thirty-five minutes.

Source: SMH