What a 16% Drop Means for the Live Telecast

February 24, 2015 3:07 AM

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What a 16% Drop Means for the Live Telecast

Racial controversy, a tight match between “Birdman” and “Boyhood” and a new host in Neil Patrick Harris just weren’t enough to give ABC’s Oscars telecast a winning ratings boost over last year.

In fact the audience dropped significantly. Pulling in 36.6 million total viewers on Sunday night — 6.4 million fewer that 2014’s 10-year high, according to overnight numbers – the audience represents a six-year low in total viewers for the awards show and a 16 percent drop in viewership.

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