Preliminary ratings for Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast showed that the ABC telecast was on track to improve on last year’s Oscar ratings, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise considering that box office numbers for the nominated movies were down in 2011.
Time zone-adjusted ratings are due later today, but ABC announced household results from the 56 metered markets and numbers for the 18-49 demo in Nielsen’s Local People Meter markets. The show averaged a 25.5 household rating and 38 share, up from a 24.5/37 for the telecast a year ago.
In viewers 18-49, Sunday’s broadcast delivered a preliminary 14.3 average rating in LPM markets.
The network reported that the top five markets in terms of household rating were New York, with a 36.9 average household rating, Chicago (33.8), West Palm (32.5), Los Angeles (31.9) and Boston (31.9).