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The vox populi has spoken and what is said is loud and clear — we loved the 86th annual Oscars telecast, or at least we watched the 86th annual Oscars telecast . . . It was seen by an average 43 million viewers, up three million from last year and a 10-year record. Here are the relevant stats...via ABC:
ABC’s “The Oscars” marked its most-watched telecast in since 2004. In addition, the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted show was up in adults 18-34 to a 7-year high (+1% — 11.4 rating vs. 11.3 rating), in teens 12-17 to a 3-year high (+8% — 6.8 rating vs. 6.3 rating) and in kids 2-11 to an 8-year high (+9% — 3.5 rating vs. 3.2 rating) — since 2007, 2011 and 2006, respectively.
Yes, "American Idol" is still alive and kicking, but this does appear to be a good news bad news scenario for Fox. Being eternal optimists and "Idol" fans, let's start with the good:
- Last night's two-hour 13th sesaon launch wsa seen by 15.2 million viewers over two hours, and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49. Both figures place "Idol" up near the top in season launches this season.
- The less good news: That's way off from last season's launch of 17.9 million, when a certain rubber-necking affect - would Mariah Carey punch out Niicki Minaj on live TV? - may have lead to a larger than normal turnout. Who knows. Last night's number is still good, and if the show and Fox (and maybe the press) can get away from the numbers, the show might can actuallyl be able to get down to business and find us one of those superstars it's been promising. The new edition is better...