80th annual Oscars head for record low TV ratings
By STEVE GORMAN – Mon Feb 25, 2008
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. telecast of the 80th annual Oscars, dominated by European stars and movies that played poorly at the box office, appears headed for record low viewership, according to early figures from Nielsen Media Research on Monday.
In terms of actual people watching, the 2003 telecast averaged 33.05 million viewers, the smallest number since 1974, when average audience figures first became available.
The weak ratings for Sunday’s broadcast were no surprise given that most viewers turned the mind-numbing awards ceremony off to instead enjoy the hilarity of DISGRASIAN’s liveblogging on 23/6 instead. Reports that the Academy has already conceived of plans to bitch slap both DISGRASIAN authors and 23/6 editors, for stealing its thunder, are forthcoming.*
*No, of course this story isn’t fully true. Read real talk of The Oscar’s poor performance here.
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