Seth MacFarlane might be getting mixed reviews for his hosting job at last night’s Oscars, but the funny man still managed to snag high ratings. While it’s still a bit early to tell, it looks like the 2013 Oscars are going to far surpass last year’s ratings.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “overnight returns have the broadcast earning a 26.6 rating with households and a 41 share, a 4 percent boost from the 25.5 rating and 38 share in 2012.”
Billy Crystal served as host to last year’s award show, which marked another 4 percent ratings bump from 2011. Thanks to MacFarlane’s presence, this year’s Oscars had a 12.1 rating with viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, which is a 19 percent increase for the age group compared to last year’s show.
The last few years have shown a steady increase of ratings for the Oscars, but the past 10 years have been a bit tumultuous for the show. It hasn’t been able to beat the decade high of 43.6 million viewers in 2004. However, the show is on a steady increase from the decade low in 2008 with 31.8 million viewers.