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Oscars Capture Biggest TV Audience in Five Years
The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 8, 2010 | Sam Schechner

Posted on 03/08/2010 5:26:23 PM PST by myknowledge

Edited on 03/08/2010 5:27:47 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

The audience for Sunday night's Academy Awards grew for the second time in as many years, indicating that live events continue to draw big audiences amid the overall fragmentation of the television landscape.

An average of about 41.3 million people in the U.S. were watching the three-and-a-half-hour show at any given minute, according to preliminary Nielsen Co. estimates, up 14% from last year. It was the biggest audience since 2005, when Best Picture was awarded to the film "Million Dollar Baby."


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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: academyawards; oscars; tvaudience

At least The Hurt Locker gained an Oscar, making it worthy of some attention on TV.

1 posted on 03/08/2010 5:26:23 PM PST by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge

shucks ...missed it


2 posted on 03/08/2010 5:26:59 PM PST by dalebert
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To: myknowledge

Didn’t know it was on. Didn’t care if it was on. Who are these no names?


3 posted on 03/08/2010 5:28:16 PM PST by rogertarp
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To: myknowledge
Haven't watched it for years, but did last night. No political bloviating, no profanity, no controversy.

It was OK, actually.

I guess Hollywood is tired of losing money.

4 posted on 03/08/2010 5:31:25 PM PST by skeeter
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To: myknowledge

I haven’t watch the Oscars since Empire Strikes Back was up for best special effects.


5 posted on 03/08/2010 5:31:46 PM PST by Sybeck1 (November can't come soon enough!)
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To: myknowledge
I tuned in after 10:30 PM to see if Sandra Bullock won since the worst and best actress seemed an oddity. It was a slow and silly show when I watched. I will probably not watch again for years.
6 posted on 03/08/2010 5:34:00 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: myknowledge
Watched the whole thing. Damn snoozefest! No surprises whatsoever. I felt like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day calling out the winners before they tore open the envelopes.

I miss the old Oscars when there were surprsises, letdowns and various mishaps. When the presenters and winners would arrive to the podium half tanked and full of indignation about some fashionable political outrage.

I was half hoping Kanye would jump on the stage, grab Sandra's Oscar from her hands and give it to Gabby tons o' fun. At least that would've been entertaining!

7 posted on 03/08/2010 5:35:02 PM PST by Drew68
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To: myknowledge
I didn't watch the Oscars...but I will say that "Hurt Locker" was great.

It doesn't matter that it might have been loose with details. It's a story and literary license provides broad latidtude.

But the general theme of the attraction of danger and that last scene with the hero marching back into action, in the "suit"...that speaks to America.

America is heroic. America will do whatever must be done.

America loves the quietude of family and hometown...but America also loves danger.

America is young enough to remember when our freedom was bought by blood...lots'a blood.

We love danger because we know that danger is the price we pay for family and hometown!

8 posted on 03/08/2010 5:38:46 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself... - D.H. Lawrence)
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To: myknowledge

bookmark


9 posted on 03/08/2010 5:43:47 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: myknowledge

Good. Maybe they will get a clue (but I doubt it). With the winning director and movie thanking our troops and all the men & women who fight for our country and freedom. It was a welcome and fresh change from their usual putrid libtard rantings.


10 posted on 03/08/2010 6:00:06 PM PST by Qwackertoo (I'm really thrilled that Scott Brown WON Big Time Last Night)
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To: myknowledge

“Oscars Capture Biggest TV Audience in Five Years”

Good God, why?


11 posted on 03/08/2010 6:00:52 PM PST by Grunthor (Everyone hates the U.S. at least until they need liberated.)
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To: rogertarp

Who are these no names?
Jeff Bridges won for best actor, his family has been in show business 60 years, he paid a very nice tribute to his mother and father in his acceptance.


12 posted on 03/08/2010 6:07:07 PM PST by Jolla
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To: myknowledge

ABC boosted attention with an Oprah Winfrey pre-Oscar special in prime time. They also had a prime time special showing the nominees ‘before they were famous’.

I think this helped the Oscar numbers...but I don’t know how well they did in those prime time slots that were ‘wasted’ on Oscar advertising.


13 posted on 03/08/2010 6:09:22 PM PST by lacrew (Barack Obama is always the least experienced most condescending guy in the room. (Rush))
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To: myknowledge
Go ahead, ignorant sheep; keep watching your enemies on tv, and give them fame, your time, your admiration, and your money; also keep watching american idol, endless football, basket ball games; endless sitcoms, golf, etc. etc.
The enemies of this country work day and night on our destruction, yet people can careless. Notice that I am not saying don't watch any of those things I listed. But your idol has become entertainment, and you will not fight to retain your freedom and your blessings. You make me want to puke!
14 posted on 03/08/2010 6:22:03 PM PST by gedeon3 (Wake up America!! The enemy is among us!)
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To: lacrew
"...but I will say that "Hurt Locker" was great."

You bet. I rented it this weekend and was pleasantly surprised. Good script that kept moving but still looked to deeper themes such as what war can do to a man and how it effects those around him. I was reminded of Lee's quote "It is good war is so terrible lest we grow too fond of it." Good acting and well drawn out characters. You keep watching because you want know what happens to these guys. I give it a five thumbs up.

15 posted on 03/08/2010 6:28:07 PM PST by circlecity
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Yeah, I liked The Hurt Locker too, but I couldn’t understand why they were risking lives to disarm the bombs instead of just clearing the area and setting them off. Who cares if an old car blows up, so long as no one gets hurt. It’s just one less old car that probably ought to be blown up, and I’m sure there are plenty more old cars over there anyway.


16 posted on 03/08/2010 6:40:04 PM PST by PUGACHEV
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To: gedeon3
You make me want to puke!

Oh, take a Xanax and relax. The Best Picture was won by a film that was pro-American, pro-U.S. military and a rare contemporary war film where the bad guys were actually Jihadis. The Best Director was won by the woman who helmed this picture and who had the grace to thank the troops during her acceptance speech. People here bitch that Hollywood doesn't churn out any pro-American films and then when they finally do, and award it with their highest honors, people here still bitch!

No complaints from me (except, as previously mentioned, the ceremony itself was a little on the boring side).

17 posted on 03/08/2010 10:41:16 PM PST by Drew68
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To: myknowledge

Never even knew it was on!

I don’t watch tv.


18 posted on 03/08/2010 10:44:36 PM PST by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
I didn't watch the Oscars...but I will say that "Hurt Locker" was great.

The "Hurt Locker" was great. What's shameful, though, is how poorly it did in the box office. An action-packed, pro-American military film, the likes of which we've been clamoring for from Hollywood, and nobody went to see it.

It earned a paltry $12 million, a commercial flop by Hollywood standards.

19 posted on 03/08/2010 11:09:34 PM PST by Drew68
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To: myknowledge
So, help me out here. Hollywood is nothing but Lefties. Lefties are pushing proposals all over the country that prohibit the division of genders into two discrete categories (male and female) because it is so discriminating and hurtful to all of the people who do not fit comfortable into either group. But Hollywood refuses to eliminate the Actor and Actress categories in their Oscars.

Can anyone small that. It smells like hypocrisy...

20 posted on 03/09/2010 4:46:39 PM PST by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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To: Onelifetogive

If they did that it would invite charges of sexism if a male won more often than a female. This way the subject is elided.


21 posted on 03/10/2010 9:02:47 PM PST by Borges
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