Oscar pre-show best ever for E!

Rivers brings home 3.7 national rating

NEW YORK — E! Entertainment Television’s flagship “Live Academy Awards Pre-Show,” hosted by Joan and Melissa Rivers on Oscar night, ranks as the highest-rated show in the cable net’s history, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data.

With a 3.7 national rating in cable homes, the program peaked with a 4.4 rating, up significantly from last year’s broadcast, which peaked at a 3.2 national rating.

This year marked the net’s 12th year covering the Oscars — eight years as E!, and three years when the company was still known as Movietime.

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