Oscars 2012 ratings rise to over 39 million viewers
Published Feb 27 2012, 20:33 GMT | By Tom Eames
The 84th Academy Awards brought in big numbers for ABC
last night, according to preliminary figures.
The time zone adjusted ratings give the Oscars ceremony a peak of 39.3 million viewers, which is 4% higher than last year's telecast.
However, the coveted adults 18-49 demo rating was 1% lower than last year with 11.7
between 8.30-11pm. Due to the nature of live programming, these figures may be subject to slight adjustments in the near future.
The Red Carpet Live
pre-show reached a peak of 30.12m (8.1
) at 8pm, which was 11% lower than last year at the same time slot, but it did have a bigger audience at 7-8pm compared to 2011.
Elsewhere, CBS's The Amazing Race
fell 25% from last week's season premiere to a series low, a 2.1
18-49 score and 7.59m viewers at 8pm.
The only other piece of new programming - NBC's Celebrity Apprentice
- also saw a series low of 4.99m (1.8
) at 9pm, which is 31% less than last week's premiere episode.
Scroll through a gallery of winners from the 84th Academy Awards below:
Octavia Spencer took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Help