Saturday, February 24, 2024

Oscars Are Back! 2023 Ratings Near 19 Mil, Increase from 2022, Biggest Numbers of All Awards Shows This Season (UPDATED)


Initial numbers for last night’s Oscars were close to 19 million. That’s up from last year, and the biggest numbers of all awards shows this season. ABC says total viewers came to 18.7 mil, up 12% from last year.

The Academy Awards brought in three times the number of the Golden Globes from back in January, too.

The show was so well produced and moving, and funny, that there will surely be a lot of delayed viewing before the finals come in tomorrow.

Jimmy Kimmel should definitely return next year. He got high marks from everyone I spoke to during the show and afterwards at the sensational Governor’s Ball, where the actual “governors” — the boards of directors — were ecstatic with how things had gone.

It helped that most of the show’s participants rode the escalators to the big ballroom, where power players like “Top Gun” producer Jerry Bruckheimer and all the actors lined up at the dozen so Wolfgang Puck food stations for mouth watering dishes including mini flat “Oscars” of smoked salmon, and very high calorie desserts that will send all the guests to the gym this morning!

So it’s great news ratings-wise, as the Oscars make a comeback from the pandemic. Next year, presumably, Very Big Movies will be on the agenda, and even higher numbers!

Here’s Lady Gaga’s extraordinary performance:
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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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