Oscars play to smallest TV audience in six years

February 24, 2015 8:03 AM

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Despite a fresh-faced host in Neil Patrick Harris, people stayed away in droves Sunday from ABC's livecast of the Academy Awards. The show drew 36.6 mil viewers, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. That's a six-year low. At least it stayed ahead of the Golden Globes, which had 19.3 mil viewers.

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