Oscar ratings hit 9-year low

Oscar ratings hit 9-year low
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The 2017 Oscars ceremony registered the lowest TV viewership in nearly a decade, according to Nielsen Research.

Overall, 32.9 million people watched the ABC Academy Award telecast hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, marking the smallest audience since Jon Stewart hosted the program in 2008.

The 2017 audience is more than 10 million fewer viewers than just three years ago, when “12 Years a Slave" took home best picture before 43.7 million viewers.

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In what has become a viral sensation today, this year's Oscars didn't lack in the drama department after the best picture award was accidentally given to "La La Land" instead of the correct victor, "Moonlight,” shortly after midnight ET.

The program clocked in at 3 hours and 49 minutes, the longest in 10 years.