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Oscars draw highest ratings since 2020

By Jordi Bou

March 11, 2024 - Some 19.5 million people watched the 96th Academy Awards ceremony, the biggest TV audience in four years, boosted by nominations for top box office hits like “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie”.

The show, carried on Walt Disney’s ABC network, attracted an audience of 19.5 million viewers, the network said, a 4.3% increase from last year’s ceremony.

The viewership peaked in the final half hour, when the audience saw Ryan Gosling perform “I'm Just Ken” from “Barbie,” saw Cillian Murphy win best actor, Christopher Nolan win best director for “Oppenheimer” and Al Pacino give the film the best picture Oscar in an odd presentation.

The ratings report will prompt cheers at ABC and the Academy, which bumped the start of the awards ceremony an hour earlier than usual, in the hopes that more viewers would stick around through the final categories.

The Oscars sank to an all-time low in 2021, a year that saw all award shows slump due to the pandemic.

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PUBLISHED: 12/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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