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Oscars back on top as most-watched awards show

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Posted: Feb 25, 2013 4:50 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: academy awards, oscars, viewers, ratings, nielsen

NEW YORK - An estimated 40.3 million people tuned in to this year's Oscar telecast, including a bump in younger viewers from its controversial host.

According to the Nielsen Company, the 2013 Oscars were the most-watched telecast in the last three years. ABC also saw an 11 percent ratings boost among viewers ages 18 to 49, which analysts attributed to the show's host, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane.

MacFarlane drew criticism from Twitter users and others the day after the show for his jokes about Abaraham Lincoln and others.

It's the fourth time in the past decade the Academy Awards have seen more than 40 million viewers. It also put the Oscars back on top as the most-watched award show, after it lost to the Grammy Awards last year.

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