According to early estimates, 40 percent of the nation's households tuned in to watch Sunday's Oscars, the Associated Press reports. This year, the ratings have been up for most awards events, perhaps a sign that people are relying on free entertainment at home.
The Nielsen company, which measures ratings, will provide detailed numbers later, but for now the nation's 56 largest markets gave the ABC event a 26.5 rating. (Each rating point represents 1,149,000 households.)
– Stephen M. Silverman