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Academy Awards Over the Years

February 28, 2011

The Academy Award (now the Oscars) is still one of the most highly viewed programs of the year. Early ratings results for Sunday night’s broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony comes to 37.6 million, which falls a bit short of last year’s 41.7 million. Though there was a decrease in Academy Awards viewers both the Grammys and Golden Globes were up this year.

Although there may be several reasons one is pointing to the fact that The Academy Awards had to make do this year without an “Avatar” type movie, a late-season, prize-worthy crowd pleaser that automatically draws an audience to the show. Although this year was filled with great movies such as The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” “Black Swan,” etc. ticket sales, the overall box office is down 21 percent so far this year, compared with the same period in 2010.

Also in its quest to draw in the younger crowd, the Oscars turned to James Franco and Anne Hathaway to co-host the 83rd awards show. But the pair’s performance was met with mixed reviews.

Did you tune in to watch The Academy Awards last night? Did you like Anne and James as co-hosts?

Below is a list of the  Academy Awards TV Ratings from 1953-2010:

Year Net HHRating HH Share Homes (million) Viewers (million)
Best Picture $/ 30 sec. ad
2010* ABC 23.3 37.0 26.794 41.699   The Hurt Locker  
2009* ABC 20.6 31.0 23.567 36.310   Slumdog Millionaire $993,400
2008* ABC 18.7 29.0 21.073 32.006   No Country For Old Men $1,820,000
2007* ABC 23.6 37.0 26.317 40.172   The Departed $1,665,800
2006* ABC 23.1 35.0 25.405 38.939   Crash $1,646,800
2005 ABC 25.4 38.0 27.876 42.139   Million Dollar Baby $1,503,000
2004 ABC 26.0 40.0 28.212 43.531   Lord of the Rings: Return of the King $1,503,100
2003 ABC 20.4 32.0 21.769 33.043   Chicago $1,345,800
2002 ABC 25.4 42.0 26.832 41.782   A Beautiful Mind $1,290,000
2001 ABC 26.2 40.0 26.800 42.944   Gladiator $1,450,000
2000 ABC 29.2 48.0 29.437 46.333   American Beauty $1,305,000
1999 ABC 28.6 46.0 28.466 45.615   Shakespeare in Love $1,000,000
1998 ABC 34.9 55.0 34.160 55.249   Titanic $950,000
1997 ABC 27.4 46.0 26.531 40.075   The English Patient $850,000
1996 ABC 30.3 50.0 29.016 44.867   Braveheart $795,000
1995 ABC 32.5 53.0 31.005 48.279   Forrest Gump $700,000
1994 ABC 31.1 49.0 29.296 45.083   Schindler’s List $643,500
1993 ABC 31.2 51.0 29.047 45.735   Unforgiven $607,800
1992 ABC 29.8 50.0 27.446 44.406   The Silence ofthe Lambs  
1991 ABC 28.4 48.0 26.440 42.727   Dances With Wolves  
1990 ABC 27.9 48.0 25.700 40.375   Driving Ms. Daisy $450,000
1989 ABC 29.8 50.0 26.940 42.619   Rain Main $375,000
1988 ABC 29.4 49.0 26.050 42.227   Last Emperor $360,000
1987 ABC 27.5 43.0 24.040 37.190   Platoon $335,000
1986 ABC 27.3 43.0 23.450 37.757   Out of Africa $320,000
1985 ABC 27.7 45.0 23.520 38.855   Amadeus $315,000
1984 ABC 30.3 50.0 25.390 42.051   Terms of Endearment $275,000
1983 ABC 38.0 59.0 31.654 53.235   Gandhi $245,000
1982 ABC 33.6 53.0 27.384 46.245   Chariots of Fire  
1981 ABC 31.0 58.0 24.120 39.919   Ordinary People  
1980 ABC 33.7 55.0 25.713 48.978   Kramer vs. Kramer  
1979 ABC 34.6 63.0 25.770 46.301   Deer Hunter  
1978 ABC 36.3 68.0 26.460 48.501   Annie Hall  
1977 ABC 31.1 63.0 22.140 39.719   Rocky  
1976 ABC 35.5 64.0 24.710 46.751   One… Coockoo’s Nest  
1975 NBC 35.0 62.0 23.980 48.127   GodfatherPart II  
1974 NBC 36.7 68.0 24.300 44.712   The Sting  
1973 NBC 37.8 68.0 24.490     The Godfather  
1972 NBC 38.7 70.0 24.030     The French Connection  
1971 NBC 38.2 70.0 22.960     Patton  
1970 ABC 43.4 78.0 25.390     Midnight Cowboy  
1969 ABC 31.8 56.0 18.130     Oliver!  
1968 ABC 34.4 67.3 19.260     In the Heat of the Night  
1967 ABC 41.2 74.9 22.620     A Man for All Seasons  
1966 ABC           The Sound of Music  
1965 ABC 37.4 69.3 19.670     My Fair Lady  
1964 ABC 37.0 71.3 18.980     Tom Jones  
1963 ABC 37.2 71.0 18.526     Lawrence of Arabia  
1962 ABC 37.1 75.4 18.179     West Side Story  
1961 ABC           The Apartment  
1960 NBC 45.8 82.4 20.430     Ben-Hur  
1959 NBC 46.7 82.0 20.284     Gigi  
1958 NBC 46.3 78.2 19.210     The Bridge on the River Kwai  
1957 NBC 37.3 69.2 14.187     Around The World In 80 Days  
1956 NBC 48.0 70.0 16.251     Marty  
1955 NBC 45.0 57.0 18.785     On the Waterfront  
1954 NBC 55.0 82.0 14.953     From Here To Eternity  
1953 NBC 49.7 82.0 10.912     The Greatest Show On Earth  

Did you tune in to watch The Academy Awards last night? Did you like Anne Hathaway and James Franco as Co-Hosts?

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