A new contract has been signed between ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts for the annual Oscar telecast, reports B&C.
The new deal will keep the show on ABC through 2020, the story says.
The current agreement was set to expire in 2014, the story says. This Sunday’s broadcast marks the 36th consecutive ceremony to be broadcast on ABC, it adds.
Trivia question: 36 years ago there was no Fox, but there was NBC and CBS. Of those latter two networks which one has NEVER telecast the Oscars? (Answer below)
The contract extension comes as Nielsen notes that Sunday’s telecast is likely to be one of the most-viewed programs of 2011, with viewership for other awards also marking ratings increases this year, the story says.
Answer to trivia queston: CBS has never televised the Oscars…NBC was the first network to televise the Oscars, in 1953. In total, NBC has telecast the Oscars about a dozen times–ABC the rest.