Viewership of Oscars telecast drops 16% to 36.6 million

February 24, 2015 3:21 AM

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Viewership of Oscars telecast drops 16% to 36.6 million

Sunday's Academy Awards telecast on the ABC network drew 16% fewer viewers than last year, Nielsen figures showed, in what could be due to what critics deemed a long, lackluster show and narrow box office appeal among most of the top nominees.

Nielsen data on Monday showed viewership of 36.6 million, a worrisome drop for Walt Disney Co's ABC since the program is its biggest annual draw. ABC banked on actor Neil Patrick Harris, who has earned plaudits as host of TV's Emmy Awards and theater's Tony Awards, to build on the momentum of comedi...

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