Ratings: Oscars Inch Up Versus Last Year, Celebrity Apprentice Hits All-Time Low

Billy Crystal, your return as Oscars host looks somewhat mahvelous, based on the early ratings.

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According to the fast nationals from Neilsen, the 84th Annual Academy Awards telecast averaged 39.3 million total viewers, up 4 percent versus last year’s tally. In the coveted 18-to-49 demo, the show held onto 100 percent of last year’s 11.7 rating.

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The total audience represents the most-watched Oscarscast since 2010.

With ABC’s broadcast rivals largely taking a knee opposite the big show, the Academy Awards outperformed CBS, NBC and Fox combined by 140 percent on average, in the metered markets.

Among the smattering of fresh network fare: The Amazing Race drew 7.6 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, down 25 percent from its season opener, while The Increasingly Irrelevant Celebrity Apprentice (5 mil.1.8) plunged more than 30 percent from its own premiere to set a new all-time low.

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  1. Lincoln says:

    Is Angelina’s face oily like that on purpose?

  2. Templar says:

    When did Angelina turn into Maleficent? She’s starting to get that scary Joan Crawford look. Yikes!

  3. Niki says:

    Someone feed Angie a sandwich STAT

  4. Ribac says:

    Ay, ay, ay, that leg! Grrrrrrr! :D

  5. Meg says:

    Did they get the Madame Toussads Angelina?

  6. Ed says:

    The Apprentice dropped??? How shocking. But according to Trump, it’s the highest rated show on NBC! LMFAO delusional.

  7. Christine says:

    Angelina looks way to thin! She looks anorexic her arms are sticks I don’t know what she’s thinking.

  8. TheBeach says:

    Man, was Billy Crystal ever plucked, tightened, lifted and dyed. I guess “age gracefully” and “Hollywood” are mutually exclusive terms.

  9. kevin says:

    Amazing Race & Celebrity Apprentice will bounce back in ratings next week and I really don’t know how the debut of GCB is going to played out now that Pan Am is done for the season or perhaps the period drama may still end up as a “series finale”.

  10. Pam says:

    Nielsen – shame shame!

  11. Velvet says:

    I thought the Kate Upton burger commercial was inappropriate for the 7pm hour.

  12. Olin says:

    So it’s a trend of one. I’m guessing this sentence was used to boost the word count for the article, huh Matt? :-)