Oscars ratings up despite worries

By Tim Surette

Feb 24, 2009

Remember last year's Academy Awards? Probably not, as the 80th edition of Hollywood's biggest night was a snoozer and delivered the worst ratings the ceremony ever recorded. This year, concerns the same thing may happen were just as ratings seem to be down for just about everything and fan favorite The Dark Knight wasn't up for big picture.

Fortunately for ABC, the show was a relative success, increasing ratings from last year and garnering generally positive reviews. Last night's 81st Academy Awards brought in 36.3 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as well as a 12.1 rating among adults. Last year's event, by comparison, drew 32 million viewers and a 10.7 rating.

Though no longer a must-see event, last night's ceremony was the most-watched "entertainment telecast" in the last two years.

ABC destroyed all competition for the evening, getting 24.3 million viewers for its red-carpet coverage as well.

What were your thoughts of this year's Oscars? Do you think the production rebounded?

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  • harihudson Mar 08, 2009

    Hugh Jackman was great, but he wasn't on stage long enough! I liked the past winners presenting the awards - good concept.

  • roguele_beau Feb 26, 2009

    I give all credit to Hugh Jackman, he saved the show!!

  • Adara47 Feb 25, 2009

    Hugh Jackman was awesome!! The best Oscar host I have seen in years, he was so relaxed and charming, hope to see him at the next Oscars as well!

  • ktluvsfood Feb 25, 2009

    Hugh Jackman was great! I loved his opening number, it was so funny. I thought it was really creative how they presented the awards in the order of how a movie is made, from the screenplay to the post-production sound editing and music. The stage was also really pretty with the crystals and the design on the floor. I really enjoyed all the big singing and dancing numbers as well. Overall I think the Oscars were a lot better than what it has been in the past.

  • kdtfiles Feb 24, 2009

    I hope they bring Hugh back to host next year.

  • huntercal Feb 24, 2009

    Hugh was great and the oscars were an improvement on last year. Slumdog deserved the best picture oscar but one can't help but think that the oscars robbed The Dark Knight of some truely deserved nominations (possibly victories).

  • LAURAMARIE63 Feb 24, 2009

    Happy to hear Jackman did a good job.

  • carloice Feb 24, 2009

    Thank god the ratings improved! Hugh jackman was fantastic as the host, and a great improvement from jon stewart.

  • Copioli Feb 24, 2009

    I think Jackman did a great job! and the show was the best in years (I watch it every year) I hope the word spreads and next year the rating improves again. And I hope they call back Hugh Jackman!

  • EmpireClover Feb 24, 2009

    I thought it was the best Oscars in an extremely long time. Hugh Jackman owned that stage.

    And I am incredibly pleased with Slumdog's awards.

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