Having two hosts and more young Hollywood actors in last night’s broadcast of the Academy Awards made a big difference! The early numbers are in, and the Oscars are reportedly up by 14% from last year!
Producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman succeeded in their hopes to make this year’s telecast more “fun,” and Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin definitely did their part as co-host.
Despite Sacha Baron Cohen being cut from the show, Ben Stiller’s Avatar spoof still came across as one of the funniest moments of the evening, even garnering a couple snickers from Na’vi creator himself James Cameron.
Early indications show that the battle between The Hurt Locker and Avatar for dominance at the Academy Awards helped ABC get a 26.5 rating and 40-audience share. That's a 14 percent increase over the same rating for last year's telecast, when underdog Slumdog Millionaire was named best picture of the year.
These are of course the preliminary numbers and the actual numbers are expected to be much higher. Did you guys happen to catch the show? What did you think of the show and 'The Hurt Locker' scooping up six awards?