Pretty much everyone (43 million) watched the Oscars

March 3, 2014 8:54 PM

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Pretty much everyone (43 million) watched the Oscars

The initial ratings for the 86th Annual Academy Awards are in and—wow—some ABC executives are probably high-fiving (or fist bumping, because they probably still think that that's a thing). According to Nielson's "fast national" numbers the broadcast was seen by some 43 million people, up a full six percent from last year and good for the strongest Oscars ratings in a decade.

Among people under 50, the ratings took a bit of a dip, but that's hardly an issue for ABC when they're looking at the best Oscars numbers in 10 years.

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