‘The Oscars®’ on ABC Hits 4-Year High in Viewers

Starting one hour earlier than usual, the 96th Oscars on ABC drew an average audience of 19.5 million Total Viewers and scored a 3.81 rating among Adults 18-49 based on Fast National Live+Same Day program data.

“The Oscars” hit a 4-year high in Total Viewers (19.5 million) – since the 2020 broadcast.

“The Oscars” grew for the 3rd straight year in Total Viewers, improving over last year’s broadcast by nearly 1 million viewers (19.5 million vs. 18.8 million).

ABC’s broadcast of the 96th Oscars peaked in the final half-hour (10:00-10:29 p.m.) with 21.9 million Total Viewers.

The 96th Oscars stood as the strongest awards show telecast on any network in 4 years in Total Viewers (19.5 million) since ABC’s broadcast of the 2020 Oscars on 2/9/20.

The 2024 Oscars also ranked as the top entertainment special in primetime on any network in 4 years in Total Viewers (19.5 million) since ABC’s broadcast of the 2020 Oscars on 2/9/20.

With 19.5 million Total Viewers, “The Oscars” on ABC outdrew “The GRAMMYS®” on CBS by 14% (17.1 million on 2/4/24) and “The Golden Globes®” by 105% (9.5 million on 1/7/24) and “The 75th Emmy Awards®” on Fox by 333% (4.5 million on 1/15/24).

The 96th Oscars ranked as the No. 1 most social program on Sunday, generating 28.5 million total social interactions and growing 4% from last year’s ceremony (27.4 million).

“The Oscars” stood as the No. 1 entertainment program of the year to date in terms of social video consumption with 71.8 million video views.

#Oscars was the No. 1 trending topic in the U.S. on X throughout the telecast and the No. 1 most used X hashtag worldwide on Sunday.

Following the 96th Oscars, a special original telecast of “Abbott Elementary” scored new series highs in both Total Viewers (6.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.42 rating).

Excluding repeats, “Abbott Elementary” delivered the highest-rated telecast for any sitcom on any network in nearly 4 years among Adults 18-49 (1.42 rating) – since the series finale of ABC’s “ModernFamily” on 4/8/20.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast National Live+Same Day Program Ratings for 3/10/24 and National Live+Same Day Program Ratings, unless stated otherwise. Talkwalker Social Content Ratings, based on linear episode-level interactions, U.S.-based activity, 1/1-3/10/24. Twitter Trending Archive, Worldwide Twitter Trends, 3/10/24.