Oscar Ratings Rebound From Record Low

Viewing figures third-smallest recorded despite 13% surge
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2009 5:03 AM CST
Former Oscar winners make the award presentation for best supporting actor, won by the late Heath Ledger, during the 81st Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – The ratings from this year's Academy Awards were up nearly 4 million from last year's record low, Broadcasting & Cable reports. At 36.3 million, however, the viewing audience was still the third-smallest recorded in the last 40 years. Audience numbers peaked around 10 pm, when Heath Ledger was awarded his posthumous Oscar.