ABC presented the 86th Annual Academy Awards from Hollywood, California on Sunday and it dominated all of television in prime time. In one of the best Oscar telecasts, host Ellen Degeneris was perfect as she moved the show along in a most modern way…she ordered pizza for the thousands who gathered inside the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. The Oscars averaged 43.74 million viewers and a 27.9 household rating/41 share from 830-1130P. The peak half-hour was a 28.7/44 at 1030P. The top 5 markets for Sunday’s telecast were: New York (37.1 rating), Kansas City (37.0 rating), Chicago (36.0 rating), West Palm Beach (33.3 rating), Los Angeles (32.6 rating-tie) and San Francisco (32.6 rating-tie). Earlier in the evening on ABC was the annual ‘Oscars Red Carpet Live!’ special at 7P with 21.39 million viewers and a 10.5/17. It increased over the next hour, at 730P, 25.71 million viewers and at 8P, the Red Carpet special drew 33.3 million viewers. If one doesn’t think movies are global, look at the winners….from Kenya (Lupita Nyong’o although born in Mexico), Australia (Cate Blanchett), France (Laurent Witz), Italy (Paolo Sorrentine), Mexico (Alfonso Cuarón), Texas (Matthew McConaughey) and Louisiana (Jared Leto). Film is the universal language. It is the BIG screen of a multiverse of screens in the world today (http://www.cnasophis.com from Arizona and Denmark).
AMC was the top cable network on Sunday bringing in an average of 6.698 million viewers. At 8P, a rerun of ‘The Walking Dead’ brought in 2.483 million viewers, second only in this time slot on cable to FX’ ‘Prime Movie’ which drew 2.825 million. But at 9P, ‘The Walking Dead’ brought in a whopping 12.607 million viewers, tops on all cable programming. At 10P, ‘Talking Dead’ brought in 5.005 million viewers.
CBS managed to get some mileage from 7-9P with its pairing of a rerun at 7P of ’60 Minutes’ with 9.23 million viewers and a 6.6/10 and at 8P, episode #2 of the new season of ‘The Amazing Race’ which drew 6.04 million viewers and a 4.0/6). At 9P, a rerun of the ‘The Mentalist’ with 3.47 million viewers and a 2.4/3. At 10P, a rerun of ‘The Good Wife’ drew 2.89 million viewers and a 2.0/3.
NBC aired two-hour rerun of installments of ‘Dateline’ which drew 4.16 million viewers and a 3.0/4 and ‘The Voice’ with pulled in 3.31 million viewers and a 2.4/3.
FOX finished fifth in each of its six half-hours care of reruns of animated ‘Bob’s Burgers’ with 1.96 million viewers and a 1.3/2; ‘American Dad’ with 1.75 million viewers and a 1.2/2; ‘The Simpsons’ with 2.61 million viewers and a 1.7/2; the regularly scheduled airing of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ with 2.34 million viewers 1.4/2; ‘Family Guy’ with 2.7 million viewers and a 1.7/2 and the regularly scheduled airing of ‘American Dad’ 2.41 million viewers and a 1.6/2.
The ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live After Oscars Special’ had as many stars as the Oscars did. It drew 6.99 million total viewers for its best-ever post-Oscars performance. These are also the best numbers for any single-day ‘JKL’ telecast in either latenight or primetime. Headlined by Kevin Spacey, the show always brings a smile as Kimmel brings more videos to the show with stars than any other on television. Every year, Kimmel creates hilarious “movie” trailers with his A-list pals following the Oscars, and this time was no exception. Meryl Streep, Abbie Cornish, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ben Kingsley, and Mandy Patinkin, Ellen DeGeneres, Captain Phillips’ Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi, brothers Chris and Liam Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Morgan Freeman, Girls’ Adam Driver, Queen Latifah, Andy Garcia, Anjelica Huston, Gary Oldman, and many more appeared. For a quick peek, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFNpi37xmq0
For The Record
ABC was #1 on Sunday with 35.155 million viewers and a 22.6 rating and a 34 share of available audience. AMC was the #2 network on Sunday and the #1 on cable with 6.698 million viewers. CBS finished #3 and drew 5.405 million viewers and drew a 3.7/6. NBC came in #4 with 3.735 million viewers and a 2.6/4. FOX was #5 and drew 2.294 million viewers and a 1.5/2.
Today In TV History
On this dates in 1985, ‘Moonlighting’ with Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis debuted on ABC. A mixture of drama, comedy and romance, ‘Moonlighting’ was a ground breaking series that often broke the fourth wall, with many episodes making direct references to the scriptwriters, the audience, the network, and the series itself. It aired for five seasons, producing 67 episodes. It made Willis a major star. For a view of the opening with Al Jarreau’s melodic opening, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QTVtAsVrEg
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres herded Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie and others into the most legendary selfie to ever hit the Internet. The sheer number of A-listers packed into the shot apparently caused the social media platform to crash, leaving thousands of Twitter users locked out.DeGeneres’s selfie has been retweeted more than 2.5 million times, breaking the previous record set by Barack Obama after his re-election. DeGeneres announced during the show that she had received an email from Twitter that confirmed her selfie caused the outage. Once the overload subsided, The Academy took credit for the technical glitch. Twitter said there were more than 14.7 million Tweets around the world during the Oscar telecast. The most tweeted-about nominees of the evening were Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Alfonso Cuaron, Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock.
Unexpected demand for ABC’s live stream of the Oscars telecast over the Internet resulted in the video going down for users across the U.S., the network said Sunday. The live video through the Watch ABC app was “down nationwide due to a traffic overload/greater than expected,” a network rep said in an email. As of 1045P, the feeds were back up, according to the rep, declining to provide additional information.
The Facebook data team looked at all the conversation around the Oscars Sunday night and found that 11.1 million people had over 25.4 million interactions (posts, comments and likes). The top social moments on Facebook were:
1. “12 Years a Slave” wins Best Picture
2. Jared Leto wins Best Supporting Actor and thanks his mom
3. Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor
4. Bette Midler sings “Wind Beneath My Wings”
5. Pizza at the Oscars
The demo breakdown of what groups were talking about the show most were:
1. Women, 18-34
2. Women, 35-49
3. Men, 18-34
4. Women, 50+
5. Men, 35-49
Welcome to the new viewers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Australia.
Across The Pond
BBC One began the evening at 630P with ‘Blandings’ which attracted 3.75 million viewers (17.2%), followed at 7P by ‘Countryfile’ with 6.76 million (28.7%). But it was at 8P BBC One powered with the #1 program of Sunday in the UK with ‘Call the Midwife’ easily won the Sunday ratings once again as the recently renewed drama climbed to 8.95 million viewers (32.9%). At 9P, ‘The Musketeers’ continued with 4.40 million viewers (18.9%).
ITV at 615P presented ‘Dancing on Ice’ semi-final pulled in 5.02 million viewers (24.2%). At 830P, the ‘DOI Results Show’ brought in 4.23 million (17.5%). At 730P, ‘ All-Star Family Fortunes’ had 4.36 million viewers (16.9%). At 9P, ‘Mr Selfridge’ pushed the network audience up to 4.50 million viewers (18.1%).
BBC Two at 8P had its big program, ‘Top Gear’ draw 5.10 million (18.8%). AT 9P, ‘Dragons’ Den’ brought in 3.23 million viewers (13.8%).
Channel 4 at 7P had ‘Fish Fight’ with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall begin the evening with 788,000 viewers (3.3%). At 8P, ‘Time Team’ pushed the audience up a bit to 952,000 (3.5%). At 9P, Angelina Jolie film ‘Salt’ brought the channel an evening high of 1.18 million viewers (6.0%).
Channel 5 at 645P had Bruce Willis sci-fi classic ‘The Fifth Element’ pulled in 818,000 viewers (3.3%).
Elsewhere, ITV2 at 10P presented ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ which brought in 672,000 viewers (3.9%).
In the UK, pay-TV channels Sky Living and Sky Movies Oscars carried the Academy Awards which started with red carpet coverage at 1130P local time with the ceremonies beginning at 130A. Ratings will be supplied when available. Across Europe, Oscar fans in Germany and Italy watched on free-to-air TV, with Germany’s Pro7 which started its live coverage of the Oscar ceremony at 1A local time, as Mediaset’s Channel 5 in Italy began its Oscar broadcast. In France, film fans watched pay-TV network CanalPlus will air a marathon six hours of Oscar coverage starting just after midnight on Sunday. But the ceremonies were encrypted for subscribers only. It’s a similar story in Spain, where CanalPlus will also brought the Academy Awards live for its local subscribers, from just after midnight to early Monday morning. The best picture winner was announced just before sunrise in Western Europe on Monday.
Further east, viewers had to set their alarm clocks far too early in order to catch the show. In Russia, leading broadcaster Channel One kicked off its Oscar coverage at 4A Moscow time on Monday, while in India the Oscars went live at 6A on 21st Century Fox-owned pay-TV network Star Movies. Star will repeat the telecast on Monday night from 8P local time. Across much of East Asia, including Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Brunei, viewers watched the show on FOX Movies Premium, that started with red carpet coverage at 8.30A local time before a 930A start for the ceremony. As with many international broadcasters, FOX will repeat the show in primetime at 8P locally on Monday night. In Hong Kong, Oscar fans wanting to get into the party mood checked out the Mandarin Oriental’s M Bar in central Hong Kong, which is hosted a ‘Live from the Oscars’ event, featuring a “free-flowing champagne brunch” and film-themed cocktails from famed mixologist Ryan Magarian, starting from 930A and cost approximately $85 per person. Over on the mainland, viewers had to go online to get their awards fix. National network CCTV didn’t carry the Oscars live, though streaming services Sohu and Aiqiyi did, starting from 6A local time Monday morning. M1905 Dianyingwang streamed the Awards at 8A and CCTV6 will broadcast highlights of the ceremony at 10:41P on March 3.
Seven is back on top. And that’s because ‘My Kitchen Rules’ was back and it drew the #1 1,624,000 viewers with 485,000 watching in Sydney, in Melbourne, 493,000 took to the kitchen; in Brisbane, 282,000 grabbed the knife and fork; in Adelaide 188,000 watched to see if the soup was on and in Perth, 176,000 watched. Seven had the #3 program which was the #1 news show as ‘Seven News’ drew 1.248 million viewers. #7 was on Seven and it was ‘Sunday Night’ which pulled in 1,086,000 viewers. ‘Downton Abbey’ was the #8 program on Sunday as 991,000 viewers tuned in.
Nine came in with the #2 program which was ‘The Block: Fans v Faves’ which came close to upsetting ‘Kitchen’ by drawing 1,504,000 viewers. #4 was ’60 Minutes’ which drew 1,208,000 viewers. #5 had ‘Fat Tony & Co.’ drawing 1,232,000 viewers. Then #6 was ‘Nine News Sunday’ and it brought in 1.124 million viewers.
ABC1 had the #9 program on Sunday which was ‘ABC News’ as it drew 779,000 viewers. #10 was ‘David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive’ which was viewed by 764,000 viewers.
Academy Awards Metered-Market Ratings
2014 – 27.9/41
2013 – 26.1/41
2012 – 25.5/38
2011 – 24.6/37
2010 – 26.5/40
2009 – 23.3/35
2008 – 21.9/33
2007 – 27.7/42
2006 – 27.2/40
2005 – 30.1/43
Academy Awards Viewership & Best Picture Winner
2014 – 40.2 million ’12 Years A Slave’
2013 – 40.3 million ‘Argo’
2012 – 39.3 million ‘The Artist’
2011 – 37.9 million ‘The King’s Speech’
2010 – 41.3 million ‘The Hurt Locker’
2009 – 36.3 million ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
2008 – 32.0 million ‘No Country For Old Men’
2007 – 40.2 million ‘The Departed’
2006 – 38.9 million ‘Crash’
2005 – 42.1 million ‘Million Dollar Baby’
2004 – 43.5 million ‘Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King’
2003 – 33.0 million ‘Chicago’
2002 – 41.8 million ‘A Beautiful Mind’
2001 – 42.9 million ‘Gladiator’
Academy Award Winners
12 Years a Slave – Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
Best performance by an actor in a leading role To view the acceptance speeches, go to: http://oscar.go.com/video/2014-oscar-winner-acceptance-speeches/_m_VDKA0_4tmli9xq
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) To view his acceptance speech, go to: http://oscar.go.com/video/2014-oscar-winner-acceptance-speeches/_m_VDKA0_oi47z5dw
Best performance by an actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) To view her acceptance speech, go to: http://oscar.go.com/video/2014-oscar-winner-acceptance-speeches/_m_VDKA0_gv9f72gd
Achievement in directing
Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron
Her, Spike Jonze
12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Let It Go” from Frozen; Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
Gravity, Steven Price
Achievement in production design
The Great Gatsby, Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
Achievement in film editing
Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger
Achievement in cinematography
Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Achievement in sound editing
Gravity, Glenn Freemantle
Achievement in sound mixing
Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
Best foreign-language film
The Great Beauty, Italy
Best documentary feature
20 Feet From Stardom, Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers
Best documentary short subject
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
Best live-action short film
Helium, Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
Achievement in visual effects
Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
Best animated feature
Best animated short film
Mr. Hublot, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Achievement in costume design
The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
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