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Updated Sunday Ratings: Oscars Dip to a Potential Historical Low

These Early Results are Based on the Fast Affiliate Data

What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Sunday, February 28 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:
ABC: 28.09 million, CBS: 4.91, NBC: 3.31, Fox: 1.69

-Adults 18-49:
ABC: 8.3 rating/24 share, CBS, NBC and Fox: 0.7/ 2 each

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7:00 p.m.

ABC – Live from the Red Carpet
Viewers: 17.19 million (#1), A18-49: 4.3/15 (#1)

CBS – 60 Minutes (R)
Viewers: 6.37 million (#2), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3t)

NBC – Dateline (R)
Viewers: 5.27 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

Fox – The Simpsons (R)
Viewers: 1.79 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3t)

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7:30 p.m.

ABC – Live from the Red Carpet
Viewers: 21.43 million (#1), A18-49: 5.8/19 (#1)

CBS – 60 Minutes (R)
Viewers: 6.62 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#3)

NBC – Dateline (R)
Viewers: 5.53 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)

Fox – Bob’s Burgers (R)
Viewers: 1.74 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Live from the Red Carpet
Viewers: 27.28 million (#1), A18-49: 7.5/22 (#1)

CBS – 60 Minutes (R)
Viewers: 5.77 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

NBC – Dateline (R)
Viewers: 6.03 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)

Fox – The Simpsons (R)
Viewers: 2.20 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – The 88th Annual Academy Awards
Viewers: 37.55 million (#1), A18-49: 11.0/31 (#1)

CBS – 60 Minutes (R)
Viewers: 5.59 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#2)

NBC – Movie: Ted (R)
Viewers: 2.40 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

Fox – Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life
Viewers: 1.34 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#4)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – The 88th Annual Academy Awards
Viewers: 33.10 million (#1), A18-49: 9.9/26 (#1)

CBS – Movie: Last Vegas (R)
Viewers: 3.69 million (#2), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#4)

NBC – Movie: Ted (R)
Viewers: 1.97 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

Fox – Family Guy (R)
Viewers: 1.69 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#2)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – The 88th Annual Academy Awards
Viewers: 30.58 million (#1), A18-49: 9.3/25 (#1)

CBS – Movie: Last Vegas (R)
Viewers: 3.64 million (#2), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#3t)

NBC – Movie: Ted (R)
Viewers: 1.79 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#3t)

Fox – Family Guy (R)
Viewers: 1.39 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#3t)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – The 88th Annual Academy Awards
Viewers: 29.38 million (#1), A18-49: 9.2/26 (#1)

CBS – Movie: Last Vegas (R)
Viewers: 3.79 million (#2), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#2t)

NBC – Movie: Ted (R)
Viewers: 1.70 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#2t)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – The 88th Annual Academy Awards
Viewers: 28.21 million (#1), A18-49: 9.1/28 (#1)

CBS – Movie: Last Vegas (R)
Viewers: 3.82 million (#2), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#2t)

NBC – Movie: Ted (R)
Viewers: 1.78 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#2t)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. A week later, nobody remembers any of those movies.

    What is surprising is how high those ratings still are…