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Monday February 25, 2008 8:32 pm

Sunday Ratings: ABC Wins, Oscars Tank

The are like the - it’s really pointless to mention other events when those telecasts are on.  But one major thing separates this year’s Academy Awards from the recent championship game: viewers.

Jon Stewart, OscarsLet’s break down the numbers:

  • Super Bowl XLII hit a record high this year; the 80th Annual Academy Awards hit a record low.
  • Having said that, Sunday’s broadcast drew the largest audience of the evening.
  • This year’s celebration of movies drew approximately 32 million viewers.  That’s a 20% drop from 2007 when won for Best Picture.
  • This ceremony received the lowest numbers for any Oscars telecast measured by Nielsen.  That’s going back to 1974.
  • Up until yesterday, the lowest-rated broadcast was in 2003 (when Chicago won).  At that time, our country had just recently gone into war with Iraq.

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