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Ratings were up!

Posted by · 9:32 am · February 23rd, 2009

From Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily:

News reports this morning say the 81st Academy Awards broadcast delivered increased ratings in the 50 or so biggest U.S. markets, up about 6% over 2008 which registered the lowest ratings in the history of the telecast. New York delivered the largest rating Sunday (34.1/49 share), followed by Chicago (31.2/46) and Los Angeles (28.1/44). For the night, ABC beat the combined household delivery of CBS, NBC and Fox by roughly 30%. If this holds (and a more complete Nielsen report will come out later today), then Oscars producers Larry Mark and Bill Condon, as well as host Hugh Jackman, and director Roger Goodman, and designer David Rockwell, did AMPAS proud by at least reversing the recent downward spiral.

Here is the AP story she’s sourcing but not linking, mind you.  And lest she stop being herself, let it be known that Nikki hated the show.  I always get an icky feeling when I link to her…

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  • 1 2-23-2009 at 10:05 am

    McGuff said...

    As a Chicago boy, it gives me great pride that more of us watched it than you L.A. folk. Of course, you guys had a reason to be outside, so you get the last laugh … but not on a site such as this!

  • 2 2-23-2009 at 10:18 am

    actionman said...

    Finke is SCUM.

  • 3 2-23-2009 at 3:28 pm

    Lurker said...

    Just don’t link to her, but then you become sort of like her. (She is the only site I won’t link to).

  • 4 2-23-2009 at 3:38 pm

    Marshall said...

    I thought the show was great! And thanks for the tip on “Departures”…I won our pool!

  • 5 2-24-2009 at 11:30 am

    Shaw said...

    Good for them that the ratings were up, they can thank Hugh Jackman for that. However, it was still the 3rd lowest rated show in history. The days of the Oscars getting 40mil+ on an annual basis will never be seen again as long as the elitism and arrogance of many of the voting members persists.