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Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET on ABC

Oscars ratings are up 19% from last year

By Tim Molloy

Sunday's Oscars were up 19 percent over last year's telecast, according to preliminary numbers.

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The 85th Annual Academy Awards delivered a 12.1 rating/28 share in the key 18-49 demographic from 8:30-11 p.m., according to the early numbers. The show had 37 million viewers.

The telecast ran until midnight on the East Coast, so full numbers were not yet available. And numbers for live events often change slightly as more information rolls in.

Combined with red-carpet coverage, which was up slightly from last year, ABC easily took first place in ratings with a 10.1/25 and in total viewers with 32.4 million.

Fox, which ran repeats throughout the night, drew second place in ratings and third in total viewers with a 1.3/3 and 2.9 million.

CBS took third place in ratings and second in total viewers with a 1.1/3 and 5.7 million. "The Amazing Race," which was the only show to offer competition to the Oscars in the way of original programming, fell off 28 percent from last week's season premiere, hitting a series low of 1.8/4 and took in 6.8 million total viewers. The network aired reruns throughout the remainder of its primetime slate.

NBC, which ran repeats throughout the night, shared fourth place in ratings with Univision, taking a 0.8/2 and took fourth place outright in total viewers with 2.8 million, compared to Univision's 2.3 million.

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Feb 25, 2013 5:35PM
What ever happened with people being able to joke around? Everybody seems to get offended way too easily. That's part of the problem with America, everybody is ME, ME, ME all the time. Everyone is so selfish. Seth Macfarlane is hilarious, and I'm sure he worked hard to make everybody laugh! Appreciate humor in life, or you will be miserable! If his jokes offended you, then maybe you need to take a look at improving yourself and work on your self esteem. Life is way too short to be wandering around this earth with a poor attitude all the time.  
Feb 25, 2013 5:04PM
The Oscars: Where the citizens of this country collectively blow as hard as possible to inflate the already overstuffed egos of a bunch of narcissists.
Feb 25, 2013 6:35PM
Seth is best Oscar host ever. Love the way he made fun of the nose in the air Hollywood elite
Feb 25, 2013 5:06PM
To Karen and Tink: "Host awful"? "3/4 of his jokes were uncalled for"? "Sucked"? Hey you didn't turn the channel, did you?
Feb 25, 2013 4:58PM
Personally, I think these "numbers" are bull crap. Sunday night is The Walking Dead night. Put AMC into that and see what ya come up with!!
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