Oscars telecast scores highest audience in a decade

March 4, 2014 8:31 AM

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Oscars telecast scores highest audience in a decade

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sunday's Oscar telecast drew 43 million viewers in the United States, delivering the biggest audience for the Academy Awards in a decade, but divided critics, who mostly liked host Ellen DeGeneres but thought the show ran too long.

Nielsen ratings data on Monday showed the audience that watched slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" capture the best picture honor grew 6.4 percent from last year. That is a positive sign for broadcaster ABC, which has signed on to host Hollywood's biggest night through 2020.

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