It is traditionally one of television’s biggest nights of the year. And despite the usual criticism, the Academy Awards was easily the most-viewed show of the week nationally, and in New York.
The Sunday night telecast, seen on WABC/Channel 7, had an estimated 4.2 million viewers with a bulging 21.7 rating, according to Nielsen. The Oscar Red Carpet special took the next three slots in 30-minute intervals, with the final portion ramping up to the actual event at number two (2.9 million/14.8).
After Hollywood’s annual pomp and circumstance came Fox’s own version. The two-day American Idol final judgment yielded a Top 5 and 6 performance. As the judges whittled the field down to the Top 25, 1.2 million fans tuned in for the two-hour presentation Wednesday (with a 6.0 rating), while another 1.1 million watched Thursday (1.1 million/5.7).
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