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Why Were the Oscars So Poorly Rated?

According to the Nielsen ratings company, Sunday's Oscars were the least-watched edition of the show in history, at least since Nielsen started tracking the ratings in 1974. They scored just about 32 million viewers — which is down from down from last year's 40 million and is smaller than the number of people who watched this year's American Idol premiere. The previous low came in 2003, when a Steve Martin-hosted ceremony brought in 33 million viewers.

I thought a lot of deserving films and performances were recognized this year, and so I'm surprised that more people didn't tune in for the show. Why do you think they stayed away?


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