ABC's 2014 broadcast of The 86th Annual Academy Awards drew an average audience of 43.0 million Total Viewers and delivered a 12.9 rating among Adults 18-49, based on Nielsen's "Fast National" ratings. The 2014 Oscars qualifies as TV's most-watched entertainment telecast since 2004 - since the Friends finale on 05/06/04.
Building its overall audience for the 3rd-consecutive year (+6% - 43.0 million vs. 40.4 million), ABC's The Oscars marked its most-watched telecast in 10 years - since 2004. In addition, the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted show was up in Adults 18-34 to a 7-year high (+1% - 11.4 rating vs. 11.3 rating), in Teens 12-17 to a 3-year high (+8% - 6.8 rating vs. 6.3 rating) and in Kids 2-11 to an 8-year high (+9% - 3.5 rating vs. 3.2 rating) - since 2007, 2011 and 2006, respectively.
TV's biggest awards show, ABC's The Oscars overshadowed other key awards shows this year, outdrawing the 2014 Golden Globe Awards by 22.1 million viewers and 98% in Adults 18-49 (20.9 million/6.5 rating in AD18-49) and the 2014 Grammy Awards by 14.5 million viewers and 30% in Adults 18-49 (28.5 million/9.9 rating in AD18-49).
ABC's 2014 Oscars broadcast reached an estimated 71.7 million unique television viewers across the U.S. - unduplicated Viewers 2+ watching 6-minutes or more during the broadcast.
Up over the prior year's special for the 3rd year in a row, ABC's 9th Annual Jimmy Kimmel Live!: After the Oscars grew by double digits in Total Viewers (+22% - 6.993 million vs. 5.736 million) and Adults 18-49 (+20% - 2.423 million vs. 2.026 million) to mark "JKL's" strongest post-Oscar telecast ever. Host Jimmy Kimmel welcomed guest Kevin Spacey, 2-time Academy Award winner and star of the Emmy-winning series House of Cards.
Among all Jimmy Kimmel Live! broadcasts, Sunday's post-Oscar show delivered the ABC late-night program's best numbers ever for any single-day telecast in either late-night or primetime in both Total Viewers (6.993 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.423 million).