Oscarcast rewards ABC with week’s top-rated show

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NEW YORK (AP) — Billed as Hollywood’s biggest night, the Academy Awards telecast was also TV’s biggest show last week, helping crown ABC as overall prime-time winner.

Sunday’s Oscarcast was easily top-ranked, with an audience of nearly 40 million viewers.

Adding to the luster was the 90-minute preview, which ABC shrewdly logged as three distinct half-hours. The final segment of “Oscar’s Red Carpet” (airing just before the Oscarcast began) drew 24 million viewers, ranking second for the week, while the middle half-hour, seen by nearly 17 million viewers, ranked fourth. The first half-hour claimed a healthy 14th place with nearly 13 million viewers, the Nielsen Co. said Tuesday.

For the week in prime time, ABC averaged 10.68 million viewers (6.5 household rating, 11 share), edging out CBS, with 10.06 million (6.3 rating, 10 share). Far behind were Fox with 6.84 million (4.1 rating, 6 share), NBC with 5.42 million (3.4 rating, 5 share), CW with 1.14 million (0.8 rating, 1 share) and ION Television with 1.11 million (0.7 rating, 1 share).

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3.51 million viewer average (1.8 rating, 3 share), Telemundo had 1.17 million (0.6 rating, 1 share), Telefutura had 750,000 (0.4 rating, 1 share), Estrella had 260,000 and Azteca 110,000 (both 0.1 rating, 0 share).

NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.1 million viewers (6.0 household rating, 11 share). ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.7 million (5.1 rating, 10 share), while the “CBS Evening News” had 6.5 million viewers (4.3 rating, 8 share).


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