2014 Oscar Telecast Ratings: A Success Since 2005, but Mediocre Historically

March 3, 2014 11:04 PM

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2014 Oscar Telecast Ratings: A Success Since 2005, but Mediocre Historically

Early ratings figures for the 2014 Oscar telecast averaged a 27.9 Nielsen household rating/41 share, with slightly over 40 million viewers. This is up seven percent from 2013. While some might consider this a win since it is the highest rating since 2005, they forget that ratings since 2005 have been terribly low. Why? Because few massively appealing blockbusters have been nominated since 2005, and those that have were not favored to win. This reduced audience interest in the Oscars telecast.

It's rather obvious that more people tend to watch the Oscar telecast when movies they love are in hot contention for Best Picture. The high watermark was in 1998 when the film Titanic, making over $600 million domestically, was favored to win. 55.2 million people tuned in to watch their beloved fil...

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