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Whoopicast Holds with ’93 Ratings

Performance was significantly stronger in the metered markets, attracting a 35.8/53 — 15% better than the national average — in those 30 cities, which represent about half of all U.S. television households. Those anticipating any lack of interest because Whoopi Goldberg had replaced Billy Crystal as host clearly miscalculated; in fact, the telecast outrated all but one of the four Crystal-hosted Academy Awards since 1990. The Oscars normally rank as the year’s No. 2 event in ratings behind the Super Bowl, but this year the awards will have to settle for no better than fourth place, trailing the two nights of Winter Olympics coverage when Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan skated. In fact, a staggering six of 16 nights during the Lillehammer Games topped the 27.6/42 ABC averaged in primetime Monday. That figure includes two hours of the Oscars and the annual Barbara Walters interview special, which posted a 19.1/30, also down 0.1 rating point from last year. The highest-rated Oscar ceremony remains 1956, which drew a 46.7 rating, 82 share when “Marty” took the best picture prize. The low, a 27.3/43, came in 1986, when “Out of Africa” was voted best picture. Performance was significantly stronger in the metered markets, attracting a 35.8 /53 — 15% better than the national average — in those 30 cities, which represent about half of all U.S. television households. Those anticipating any lack of interest because Whoopi Goldberg had replaced Billy Crystal as host clearly miscalculated; in fact, the telecast outrated all but one of the four Crystal-hosted Academy Awards since 1990.

The Oscars normally rank as the year’s No. 2 event in ratings behind the Super Bowl, but this year the awards will have to settle for no better than fourth place, trailing the two nights of Winter Olympics coverage when Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan skated. In fact, a staggering six of 16 nights during the Lillehammer Games topped the 27.6/42 ABC averaged in primetime Monday. That figure includes two hours of the Oscars and the annual Barbara Walters interview special, which posted a 19.1/30, also down 0.1 rating point from last year. The highest-rated Oscar ceremony remains 1956, which drew a 46.7 rating, 82 share when “Marty” took the best picture prize. The low, a 27.3/43, came in 1986, when “Out of Africa” was voted best picture.

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